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VOL. 36 JANUARY, 1989 NO. 1 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 11 


Our Father , through the coming year 
We know not what shall be; 
But we would leave without a fear 
Its ordering all to Thee. 

It may be we shall toil in vain 
For what the world holds fair; 
•And all the good we thought to gain, 
Deceive and prove but care. 

It may be it shall' dar My blend 
Our love with anxious fears , 
And snatch away the valued friend, 
The tried of many years. 

But calmly, Lord, on Thee we restj 
No fears our trust shall move ; 
Thou knowest what for each is best, 
And Thou art perfect Love. 


THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


We are again privileged to see another measure of 
time, which reminds us that another year of our alloted 
time is past. It also gives us a general idea of where 
we are in life. As far as this life is concerned, whe- 
ther we are young, middle-aged, or old, we know wher- 
ever we are, life will be taken from us, saving for 
those living at the return of our Lord. This is what 
the future holds for all of us. But thanks be to God, 
this future event can be welcomed by al 1 . who put their 
faith in Christ Jesus, which can only be declared by 
the life that is being lived in word, deed, and thought. 
This \tfould be in present tense and also our faith and 
trust in future tense. 

The Bible has much to say about the future of this 
world and for life that is in it. From a natural stand 
point it isn ! t very good. In the midst of this, it also 
gives us the way to victory wherein is peace, joy, and 
fullness of life. Regarding the perilous times that we 
will face, rather than bowing in fear and anguish, we 
can lift up our heads for our redemption is drawing 
nigh. (Luke 21:26-28) , 

I Some of the future events of this world are that 
perilous days are ahead. For men shall be lovers of 
their own selves, covetous boasters, proud, blasphemers, 
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without 
natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, in- 
continent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 
Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more 
than lovers of God. Evil men and seducers shall wax 
worse, and worse, deceiving and being deceived, etc. 

Our prediction for the coming year is that all of us 
will face some of these conditions. The question is, 
what is our obligation In It? How do we respond as we 
are faced with them personally? We believe that not 
until we have been delivered from the power of these 



conditions can we respond properly. 

The obligation of a Christian is that the Gospel be 
manifested in all circumstances, and the best time to 
do this is when under attack. Responding properly m_ 
trials that come our way will do two things. First, xt 
will give the Gospel its proper witness and power, and 
secondly, it will testify to the personal commitment 
to the same . . 

Apostle Paul says, "Giving no offence in anything, 
that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things 
approving ourselves and the ministers of God, in much 
patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, 
In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, 
in watc 1 -igs, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, 
by long suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by 
love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of 
God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and 
on the left, By honor and dishonor, by evil report and 
good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, 
and vet" well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as 
chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway 
rejoicing;- as poor, yet making many rich.; as having 
nothing, and vet possessing all things." (11 Cor. bi}-i.U) 

As we see, the Gospel is never controlled by cir- 
cumstances. What we mean by this is, whenever in the 
defense of the Gospel, we violate its principles, we 
hinder its testimony and witness. 

The testimony of the apostles was, that to promote 
the Gospel was their chief concern. They were able to 
testify to this in very adverse circumstances and re- 
joiced in it that they were counted worthy and that the 
gospel had its witness. (Acts 5:41, Phil 1:10-12) 

As we face another year, may we meet it with the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ, that we may adorn the doctrine 
of God our Saviour in all things. For it is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, which 
is the only rescue for the soul of man. 

"Now unto Him that is able to keep (us) from falling, 
and to prevent (us) faultless before the presence of 


His glory "with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our 
Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both 
now and ever, Amen." Jude 24:25. 

— Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee , Indiana 


We study with a little thrill the wagon trains and 
covered wagon travellers of the past. How exciting it 
must have been to travel all the way across the plains 
to the fabulous farming of the Oregon Territory or the 
g;old hills of California! But when we read on, we learn 
of their trials and hardships- the dirt and dust, the 
barren stretches with no wate/', the quarrels and the 
heartaches of sickness and death. It was not an easy 
passage. But they kept on and succeeded in settling 
a new area. 

As we begin a new year we are like travellers press- 
ing into new land. A new experience is before us; the 
old is forever behind. We are like Joshua standing at 
the entrance to Canaan Land with the conquest waiting 
before him. Or like Paul after his Damascus conversion. 
We. who have given our hearts to God and have been washed 
in the blood of Jesus have a life to live. Even all 
the living are launching into the new year of 1989. 
God graciously gives us time for our various experiences, 
and someday we will reach the destination — the new- land 
of promise in God r s eternal kingdom. 

As we begin the "journey of 1989" there are some 
definite needs or requirements that we might travel 
successfully. For the way becomes monotonous and tire- 
some like the Oregon Trail. We can also fall out with 
one another. The journey can easily become an unpleas- 
ant one, and we may long to go back — which, of course, 
we cannot do on this trip. 

. The secret, as I see it, is what Christians of all 
ages have had to discover, and that is that God is our 
Leader, and we must trust all to Him and know that He 
is able. So for a first thought we would suggest to — 


In every expedition there must be a leader. Someone 
must make the final decision.* We can discuss, and 
weigh the choices and even vote on issues, but God has 
the final authority. Happy are the travellers that can 
trust His directions and accept them. The Way He has 
laid out is in His Word like a detailed road map. More 
than a map, it gives travelling requirements and rules 
of discipline and conduct. There is no situation or 
difficulty that He has not provided for. Jesus gives 
us His new commandment that we love one another and 
tells us we will be recognized as His disciples if we 
do this. He tells us to bear one anothers burdens and 
not to be like Cain who thought he was lot his brother 1 s 
keeper. Let God lead. He shows us the way, and it is 
the only way we can get through. The Donner Party made 
the fatal mistake of quarreling on the way. They lost 
valuable time, and many of them perished in the deep 
snow of the Sierras without reaching their destination. 
Similarly we may fail if we do not unite under our 
Leader. Our next need is to — 


Travelling across the country was not easy. Many 
personal sacrifices had to be made, and so will it be 
in 1989. A pastor was visiting a young girl in the 
hospital. This girl was slowly but surely losing her 
eyesight. She told the pastor, rt God is taking my eye- 
sight. The minister gently replied, "Don't let Him take 
it. Give it to Him." The point is that we can trust- 
ingly and happily offer to God anything that He sees 
fit to deny to us. On the other hand, we can resist, 
complain, and suffer for it. We can have joy in God r s 
will when we give up our own in the knowledge that God 
knows best. Let Him decide. 

We would also suggest that we should — 

As we begin a new year, or any period of time, we 
are like vessels that need filling. We are in continu- 
al need of God r s inspiration. When We look around us, 


we sense that we are helpless and our knowledge and 
resources are simply inadequate for the tasks we are 
obviously assigned to do. When we trust God for inspir- 
ation we are relying on a Source that has no limits, 
Is someone depending on you for help? Looking to you 
for words of cheer? Trusting your counsel? Do you have 
what it takes? Not unless God is filling and inspiring. 
Do you have enough resources to. even keep up your own 
spirits? Can you support your own decisions and, with 
your own enthusiasm, carry yourself along? No, when we 
are encouraged or strengthened or filled with joy, it 
is God who must do it. One song pleads, "Fill up my 
cup, Let it overflow." 

The final need I would mention (and there are oihers) 


There will be rewards along the way. God gives us 
good fellowship, beautiful music, physical comforts, and 
hopes for the future. But all these are from God. 
Some would be entangled in the entertainments and pleas- 
ures of the sinful world through which we pass. They 
give no lasting satisfaction, but only regret. "Solid 
joys and lasting treasure, None but Zion*s children 
know." " There are rewards of joy and peace here, as Jesus 
says, "My peace I give unto you..." But the great re- 
ward is on ahead. Many of our loved ones have reached 
the destination. It lies before us. Eternity alone 
will reveal the plans and joys God has prepared for 
those who faithfully travel the way here and let God 
lead. "And the toils of the road will seem nothing, 
When I get to the end of the way." — L.C. 

Over and over .again, 

No matter which way I turn, 
I always find in the book of life 

Some lesson that I must learn; 
I must take a turn at the mill; 

I must grind out the golden grain; 
I must work at my task with a resolute will 

Over and over again. 

— Selected by Bertie Baker 


VANITY FAIR (Continued) 

And moreover , at this fair,. there are at all 
times to be seen jugglings, cheats, games, plays, 
fools, apes, knaves, and rogues, and that of every 
kind . 

Here are to be seen, too, and that for nothing, 
thefts, murders, adulteries, false . swearers, and 
that of a blood-red colour. 

Banish forever all thought of indulging the flesh 
if you would live in the power of your risen Lord. It 
were ill that a man who is alive in Christ should dwell 
in the corruption of sin. "Why seek ye the living 
among the dead? 11 said the angel to Magdalene. Should 
the living d , ,11 in the sepulcher? Should divine life 
be immured in the charnel house of fleshly lust? How 
can we partake of the cup of the Lord and yet drink 
the cup of Belial? Surely, believer, from open lusts 
and sins you are delivered; have you also escaped from 
the more secret and delusive lime-twigs of the Satanic 
fowler? Have you come forth from the lust of pride? 
Have you escaped from slothfulness? Have you clean 
escaped from carnal security? Are you seeking day by 
day to live above worldliness, the pride of life, and 
the ensnaring vice of avarice? Follow after holiness; 
it is the Christian's crown and glory. 

Thirdly, But that which did not a little amuse 
the merchandisers was, that these pilgrims set very 
light by all their wares. They cared not so much as 
to look upon them: and if they called upon them to 
buy, they would put their fingers in their ears, and 
cry, "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity," 
and look upwards signifying that, their trade and 
traffic was in heaven. (Phil. 3:20,21) 

One chanced, mockingly, beholding the carriage 
of the men to say unto them, "What will ye buy?" 
But they, looking gravely upon him said, "Vie buy 
the truth." 

The common religion of the day is a mingle-mangle 
of Christ and Belial, 


"If God be God serve Him; if Baal be God, serve him." 
There can be no alliance between the two. Jehovah and 
Baal can never be friends. n Ye cannot serve God and 
Mammom." "No man can serve two masters." All attempts 
at compromise in matters of truth and purity are founded 
on falsehood. May God save us from such hateful double- 
mindedness. lou must have no fellowship with the un- 
fruitful words of darkness , but rather reprove them. 
Walk worthy of your high calling and dignity. Remember , 
Christian, that thou art a son of the King of kings. 
Therefore, keep thyself unspotted from the world. Soil 
not the fingers which are soon to sweep celestial 
strings; let not those eyes become the windows of lust 
which are soon to see the King in Hie baauty; let not 
those feet, which are soon to walk the golden streets 
be cfefiled in miry places; let not those hearts be filled 
with pride and bitterness which are ere long to be 
filled with heaven and to overflow with ecstatic joy; 

Rise where eternal beauties bloom, 
And pleasures all divine; 

Where wealth that never can consume, 
And endless glories shine I 
At that there was an occasion taken to despise the 
men the more; some mocking, some taunting, some 
speaking reproachfully, and some calling upon others 
to smite them. At last things came to a hub-bub 
and great stir in the fair, insomuch that all order 
was confounded. Nov/ was word presently brought to 
the great one of the fair, who quickly came down, 
and deputed some of his most trusty friends to take 
those men into examination about whom the fair was 
almost overturned. So the men were brought to exam- 
ination; and' they that sat upon them' asked whence 
they came, whither they went, and what they did there 
in such an unusual garb. The men told them that they 
were going to their own country, which was the hea- 
venly Jerusalem, and that they had given no occasion 
to the men of the town, nor yet to the merchandisers, 
thus to abuse them, and to let them in their journey, 
except it was for that, when one asked them what 


they would buy, they said they would buy the truth. 
But they that were appointed to examine them, did 
not believe them to be any other than bedlams and 
mad, else such as came to put all things into a con- 
fusion in the fair. Therefore they took them and 
beat them, and besmeared them with dirt, and then 
put them into a cage, that they might be made a 
spectacle to all the men of the fair. There, there- 
fore, they lay for some time, and were made the ob- 
jects of any man T s sport, or malice, or revenge; 
the great one of the fair laughing still at all that 
befell them. 
Pilgrims travel as suspected persons through Vanity 
Fair. Not only are we under r i rveillance, but there 
are more spies than we reck of. The espionage is every- 
where, at home and abroad. If we fall into the enemies 1 
hands, we may sooner expect generosity from a wolf, or 
mercy from a fiend, than anything like patience with 
our infirmities from men who spice their infidelity 
towards God with scandals against His people. Live a 
godly gracious life, and you will not escape persecution. 
You may be happily circumstanced so as to live among 
earnest Christians and so escape persecution; but take 
the average Christian man, and he will have a hard 
time of it if he is faithful. The ungodly will revile 
those who are true to the . Lord Jesus. Christians are 
ridiculed in the workshop, they are pointed out in the 
street, and an opprobrious name is hooted at them. 
Now we shall know who are God ! s elect and who are not. 
Persecution acts as a winnowing fan, and those who are 
light as chaff 'are driven away by its blast; but those 
who are true corn remain and are purified. Careless 
of man's esteem, the truly God-fearing man holds on his 
way and fears the Lord forever. 

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. " 
My longing is that the churches may be more holy. I 
grieve to see so much of worldly conformity. How often 
wealth leads men astray; how many Christians follow the 
fashion of this wicked world. Alas I with all my preach- 
ing, many wander, and try to be members of the church. 


and citizens of the world too. We have among us avowed 
lovers of Christ who act too much like "lovers of 

It is a shameful thing for a professor of CI ristian- 
ity to be found in those music halls, saloons, and 
places of revelry where you cannot go without your 
morals being- polluted, for you can neither open your 
eyes nor your ears without knowing at once that you are 
in the purlieus of Satan. 

I charge you by the living God, if you. cannot keep 
good company and avoid the circle of dissipation, do 
not profess to be followers of Christ, for He bids you 
come out from among them and be separate. If you can 
find pleasure in 1< society and lascivious songs, 
what right have you 10 mingle with the fellowship of 
saints or to join in the singing of psalms? 

Keep the best company. Be much with those who are 
much with God, Let them be thy choicest companions who 
have made Christ their choicest companion] let Christ T s 
love be thy love,. With whom shall believers be, but 
believers? Our English proverb says, "Birds of a feather 
flock together." To see a saint and a sinner associa- 
ting is to see the living and the dead keeping house 
together. It is better to be with Lazarus in rags, than 
with Dives in. robes. Dwell where God dwells. Make those 
your campanions on earth who will be your companions 
in heaven. 

An unholy church 1 it is useless to the world and of 
no esteem among men. It is an abomination, hell ! s 
laughter, heaven 1 s abhorrence. The worst evils which 
have ever come upon the world have been brought upon 
her by an unholy church. Christian, the vows of the 
Lord are upon you. You are God's priest: act as such. 
You are God ! s king: reign over your lusts. You are 
God's chosen: do not associate with Belial, Heaven is 
your portion: live like a heavenly spirit. So shall 
you prove that you have true faith in Jesus, for there 
cannot be faith in the heart unless there be holiness 
in the life. Selected from 

The Best of C. H. S uxrgeon 



Irenaeus (A.D. 120-202), Bishop of Lyons, was a 
famous opposer of the many heresies that infiltrated 
the Church at this early period just as Jesus and His 
apostles had foretold. He was martyred in A.D. 202 in 
a massacre under Emperor Severus. 

We give here part of an introduction by the trans- 
lators of his writings, his preface to his third of 
five books, and a small portion of Book III of Irenaus 
Against- Heresies from The Ante-Nicene Fathers . . — L . C . 

The Work of Irenaeus Against Heresies is one of the 
most precious remains of early Christian antiquity. 
It is devoted, on the one hand, to an account and refu- 
tation of those multiform Gnostic heresies which pre- 
vailed in the latter half of the second century; and, 
on the other hand, to an expo st ion and defence of the 
Catholic faith. 

In the prosecution of this plan, the author divides 
his work into five books. The first of these contains 
a minute description of the tenets of the various here- 
tical sects, with occasional brief remarks. in illustra- 
tion of their absurdity, and in confirmation of the truth 
to which they were opposed. In his second book, Irenaeus 
proceeds to a more complete demolition of those heresies 
which he has already explained, and argues at great 
length against them, on grounds principally of reason. 
The three remaining books set forth more directly the 
true doctrin-s of revelation, as being in utter antag- 
onism to the views held by the Gnostic teachers. In 
the course of this argument, many passages of Scripture 
are quoted and commented on; many interesting statements 
are made, bearing on the rule of faith; and much Import- 
ant light is shed on the doctrines held, as- well as the 
practices observed, by the Church of the second century. 


PREFACE. Thou hast indeed enjoined upon me, my 
very dear friend, that I should bring to light the Val- 
entinian doctrines, concealed, as their votaries imagine; 


that I should exhibit their diversity, and compose a 
treatise in refutation of them, I therefore have under- 
taken — showing that they spring from Simon, the father 
of all heretics — to exhibit both their doctrines and 
successions j and to set forth arguments against them 
all* Wherefore, since the conviction of these men and 
their exposure is in many points but one work, I have 
sent unto thee (certain) books, of which the first com- 
prises the opinions of all these men, and exhibits their 
customs, and the character of their behaviour. In the 
second, again, their perverse teachings are cast down 
and overthrown, and, such as they really are, laid bare 
and open to view. But in this, the third b>ok, I shall 
adduce proofs from the Scriptures, so that I nay come 
behind in nothing of what thou hast enjoined] yea, that 
over and above what thou didst reckon upon, thou mayest 
receive from me the means of combating and vanquishing 
those who, in whatever manner, are propagating falsehood. 
For the love of God, being rich and ungrudging, confers 
upon the suppliant more than he can ask from it. Call 
to mind, then, the things which I have stated in the two 
preceding books, and, taking these in connection with 
them, thou shalt have from me a very copious refutation 
of all the heretics; and faithfully and strenuously shalt 
thou resist them in defence of the only true and life- 
giving faith, which the Church has received from the 
apostles and imparted to her sons. For the Lord of all 
gave to His apostles the power of the Gospel, through 
whom also we have known the truth, that is, the doctrine 
of the Son of God; to whom also did the Lord declare: 
"He that heareth you, hear&th Me; and;:he that despiseth 
you, despiseth Me, and Him that sent Me." 

1. We have learned from none others the plan of our 
salvation, than from those through whom the Gospel has 
come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in 
public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, 


handed down to us in the Scripture s, to be the ground 
and pillar of our faith. For it is unlawful to assert 
that they preached before they possessed "perfect knowl- 
edge," as some do even venture to say, boasting them- 
selves as improvers of the apostles* For, after our 
Lord rose from the dead (the apostles) were invested 
with power from on high when the Holy Spirit came down 
(upon them), were filled from all (His gifts), and had 
perfect knowledge: they departed to the ends of the 
earth, preaching the glad tidings of the good things 
(sent) from God to us, and proclaiming the peace' of hea- 
ven to men, who indeed do all equally and individually 
possess the Gospel of God, Matthew, also issued a writ- 
ten Gospel among the 11. 1 rews in their own dialect, while 
Peter and Paul were preaching at Rome, and laying the 
foundations of the Church. After their departure, Mark, 
the disciple and interpreter of Peter, did also hand down 
to us in writing what had been preached by Peter. Luke 
also, the companion of Paul, recorded in a book the Gos- 
pel preached by him. Afterwards, John, the disciple of 
the Lord, who also had leaned upon His breast, did him- 
self publish a Gospel during his residence at Ephesus 
in Asia. 

2. These have all declared to us that there is one 
God, Creator of heaven and earth, announced by the law 
and the prophets; and one Christ, the Son of God. If 
any one do not agree to these truth, he despises the 
companions of the Lord; nay more, he despises Christ 
Himself the Lord; yea, he despises the Father also, and 
stands self-condemned, resisting and opposing his own 
salvation, as is the case with all heretics. 

From The Ante-Nicene Fathers 


We brethren and sisters living at Rio Verde, Brazil, 
have appointed a communion meeting to be held February 
26, 1989. We extend an invitation to all to come 
worship with us. 

— 'Wade KLora 



The experiences we have in this life should teach 
us how temporal this life is. Our eyes are only fitted 
to see temporal things. Much is taking place about us 
we don't see. We have accounts where men* s eyes were 
opened and they were permitted to see what was around 
them, and they were amazed — as Jacob when he saw the 
streams of angels coming and going between heaven and 
earth. So we know God has a record of all things. 


Ecclesiastes ,14: n In the day of prosperity be joy- 
ful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also 
hath set the one over against the other, to the end 
that man should find nothing after him* 11 So we see 
God sends years of plenty and years of drought to make 
man realize hoi* dependant we are on Him. All this 
proves God is very much in control. 


The Scriptures tell us God was in Jesus Christ recon- 
ciling the world unto Himself. He made a great sacri- 
fice to bring man back to righteous fellowship with 
Him, Love and light are spoken of, as being the same 
by Apostle John. I believe electricity is the best com- 
parison we have to it today. God could not turn off 
His power for a long period of time,, but He did turn 
off the light from the sixth to the ninth hour when 
Jesus died on the cross. 

— Ernest Wagner 


Buford Elora m 4500 Grape Rd, Rte. 3 

Bremen, Ind. 46506 
(219) 546-5780 * 



Abundant living overflowing .with love 
Dear Savior please give me that life from above. 
Send it now streaming rich blessings so free 
Gifts of Thy Spirit flooding o'er me. 

Enough for all of Your creatures below 
Rich treasures of goodness Your great hands bestow 
Each servant on asking for part of this store 
Is granted Your Presence and love evermore. 

Abundant living — there' 1 s new ^eights to gain 
Surmounting each hindrance^ enduring each pain. 
Still onward and upward *til heaven 1 s in view 
That Home for the faithful forever with You. 

— Rosanna Cover 

Tuolumne j California 

Dear Pilgrim Readers, 

Again we greet you all as another year begins. 
God is good and is still supplying us with grace , mercy, 
and peace. We thank God for our friends and thank, 
also, -each one who has supported us so well in this 
little publication. Some of you have contributed gen- 
erously — financially and with articles^ poems,, and 
selections. Vie "thank our daughter Ina who is still our 
typist, but plans to leave us soon via marriage. 

Please -continue to write and send material as the 
Lord leads. If any of our readers know' of others who 
might like to receive The Pilgrim please let us know 
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us know if you wish to continue. 

May God bless each one and guide us to a closer walk Him in 1989. — Leslie and Martha Cover 




This morning the ground was covered with snow, which 
reminds me of this New Year, clean and sparkling white* 
Wouldn't it be nice if the snow would stay clean? Right 
after a snow it looks as if God had washed everything 
pure and white. As the day goes by, the filth of the 
earth makes the snow brown and ugly. During our lives, 
as the year gets older, Satan is trying to make our 
"Snow" look ugly. 

When you play games' in the snow, you can't go any- 
where and keep it a secret. You wouldn't think. of play- 
ing hide and seek because you couldn't hide, could you? 
This is also true with Jesus, only there doesn't have 
to be snow on the ground. We can't hide or do anything 
this New Year that Jesus can't see. "Every action of 
our lives touches some chord that will vibrate in eter- 
nity. " No matter what we do, it will effect our lives 
one way or another in the future. Habits are hard to 
break, so let's develop good ones. 

"Lives of true children (men) all remind us 

We can make our lives sublime, 
And departing leave behind us 

Footprints on the sands of time." 

I have heard people say of certain individuals, "I 
remember him as a child, as being obedient to parents, 
kind and thoughtful of others." This is making your 
life sublime 5 good, and pure. I trust we can ALL leave 
good and noble FOOTPRINTS this year. 

— Everett Oyler 

THE PILGRIM Sonora, Calif. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 36 FEBRUARY, 1939 NO. 2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:77 


My Shepherd will supply my need; 

Jehovah is His name:' 
In pastures fresh He makes me feed, 

Beside the living stream. 
He brings my wandering spirit back, 

When I forsake His ways; 
And. leads me, for His mercy 1 s sake. 

In paths of truth and grace. 

When I walk through the shades of death 

Thy presence is my stay; 
One word of Thy supporting breath 

Drives all my fears away. 
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes, 

Doth still my table spread; 
My cup with blessings overflows, 

Thine oil anoints my head. 

The sure provisions of my God 

Attend me all my days; 
may Thy house be my abode, 

And all my work be praise . 
There would I find a settled rest, 

While others go and come; 
No more a stranger, nor a guest, 

But like a child at home. 

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High on the list of things that "turn me off 11 are 
the pictures of wrestling and boxing matches. Mot only- 
are the contestants pictured nearly naked , but they 
usually have expressions that show the stress and strug- 
gle of a fight. Much of our Christian training has been 
against the violence and warfare and hatred of this 
world's conflicts. We are taught to be peaceable and 
kind, to help one another, to bind up the wounds, and 
to be ministers of reconciliation. 

And yet Paul assures us that we are in a violent and 
desperate struggle. He says, n For we wrestle not against 
flesh and blood. " But we do wrestle. We are straining 
and struggling against a crafty and viscious antagonist. 
No doubt we are showing the strain and stress. That is, 
we are under stress and pressure if we are really in 
the fight. If we are not feeling and showing this pres- 
sure, perhaps it means we have not really contacted the 
foe. Jesus said, "Woe unto you when all men speak well 
of you. 11 

Since we have this struggle going on, and there will 
certainly be encounters and matches — some quite public — 
perhaps we x^rould do well to take some lessons from the 
fighters of this world, repulsive as it may be to us. 

For one things we can learn from the way the fighters 
train. Boxers spend hours pounding a "punching bag," 
developing strength, coordination, and skill. Their 
blows must be lightning fast and with power. Wrestlers 
are instructed in the best holds with the most leverage 
and power to force the opponent to the mat. Not only 
brute strength, but knowledge of the opponent's methods, 
strategy, and skill are also important factors in win- 
ning the match. 

Jesus said on one occasion, "...the children of this 
world are wiser in their generation than the children 
of light." The subject was one of preparing for the 
future and using our brains to provide a place when our 


present conditions fail. Could it be that we also are 
unmindful of this struggle that is going on, and we fail 
to prepare for it as we should? Vie, too, need training 
just as surely as a professional fighter does. 

What form should this preparation take? I*m sure 
that the training must be different, even as the strug- 
gle is different from an earthly struggle. For instance, 
do we wish to have as our goal, victory over the - people ^ 
that oppose us? Do we aim through our strategy to humi- 
liate or throw down or out-talk the one who differs or 
disagrees with our way of thinking? Is it victory when 
we get the best of an argument? When we are proven to 
be "right" or win the debate? (See where debate is 
placed In Romans 1:29) Remember, we wrestle not against 
flesh c:/id blood. That means people are not our enemies. 
True, they may be used by the enemy, but we miss' the 
point and fight a needless, in fact, a detrimental bat- 
tle when we see people as foes. 

What then is the training of the Christian? What 
are his weapons? How does he fight? What should be his 
defense? We. mentioned our early training to be peace- 
makers and healers of wounds, and dispensers of love and 
kindness. This is part of our preparation in this 
strange, uneartly battle. Jesus says that we should re- 
sist not evil, but to love our enemies. And Paul echoes, 
"Recompense to no man evil for , evil... but overcome evil 
with good. 11 But Jesus also says that we^ should abhor 
that which is evil and to resist the devil. 

Recently we saw a man publicly confront another and 
start to fight with him. The man was exceedingly angry 
because the other was with his wife. He was nearly 
white with emotion and hatred. This man had to be phy- 
sically restrained. But it demonstrated to me the tre- 
mendous emotions involved in a fight. 

Christians too should be stirred with, emotion in our 
struggles. Intense hatred of evil, and fervent love for 
souls of men must both possess us. If both these emo- 
tions are to direct us, we must be careful that we not 
get misguided. Practice and prayer, study and stead- 
fastness of purpose are necessary in our preparations. 


Jesus says to "turn the other cheek." How can this be 
if our hatred is on the man and not on the evil? 

Besides being trained in love and good will to those 
who would hate us 5 we also need training in resisting 
temptation and the devil. Jesus told His disciples, 
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of ■ 
wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless 
as doves." (Matthew 10:16) To be "wise as serpents" we 
must seek that wisdom in God ! s word. The Psalmist in 
119:98 says, "Thou through thy commandments hast made 
me wiser than mine enemies: for they (His commandments) 
are ever with me." Godly wisdom is needed in resisting 
temptation today as much as any time in history. On 
ever; _..nd there are assertions that the flesh and this 
present pleasure are all-important. From advertisements 
to Ann Landers 1 column, attention is drawn to physical, 
temporary pleasures and thrills. The only way people — 
young or old — can resist this tide of deception is by 
being grounded and persuaded in something better. Gal- 
ations 5:17 tells us, "For the flesh lusteth against the 
Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are 
contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the 
things that ye would." V. 24: "And they that are 
Christ r s have crucified the flesh with the affections 
and lusts." How would these Scriptures look printed 
across the top of a magazine stand? 

A good part of this struggle involves our children 
and young people. Satan is in a tug-of-war over our 
children. The world beckons to them with every offer of 
fun right now. Only divine wisdom shows a better way. 

There is a desperate need today for Christians (fight- 
ers!) who are in earnest about their faith — who know 
that this is a life and death struggle. It is ours to 
give the gospel message to combat the darkness and ignor- 
ance. In the song about the dying Gypsy boy who heard 
the Gosple for the first time, he says, "Nobody ever has 
told me before." And he then said as he died, "Lord, I 
believe, tell it now to the rest." 

Telling the good news of salvation is an offensive 
move is this good fight of faith. — L.C. 



In Philippians 3: 10, Paul says his desire is, "That 
I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and 
the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable 
to his death:" 

I believe all of us who claim to be the lord T s fol- 
lowers would claim this desire. I wonder if our actions 
display some lack of commitment in part of this. Are 
we willing to suffer with Him, and for others? Do we 
really know what it means to be made conformable to 
His death? 

First of all He was completely innocent. They ac- 
cused Him because He was righteous and their deeds 
were evil. Though He was innocent He made no personal 
defense and no call for justice. He could have easily 
refuted their charges but He chose to suffer in silence. 
How do we respond when an injustice is done to us? Do 
we speak up? Do we demand justice? Or do we conform 
to Christ? Another of Jesus 1 responses was that He of- 
fered no resistance though He had all power. His power 
was so great that the Word says v/hen they came to the 
garden for Him, and He said, "I am he," they all went 
backward and fell to the ground. Yet He offered no 
resistance , but meekly suffered all their abuse. 

He was also in complete submission to the Father 
though the flesh cried for relief and deliverance. His 
prayer was "Not my will but thine be done." Can we claim 
this desire in all honesty? Or do we want Him to ap- 
prove our will? 

In this great time of trial all forsook Jesus, but 
He remained faithful. Do we have the kind of conviction 
that would cause us to quietly continue in what v/e know 
is right if all others turned away? 

Jesus also continued in expressing His love and con- 
cern for others to the very end. He healed the servant's 
ear in the garden. He was concerned for the people who 
followed Him weeping on the way to the cross. He offered 
assurance of salvation to the thief on the cross, and 
then made provision for His mother at the very end. How 
is it with us? V/hen we have trials and are under stress, 


do we still feel for the needs of -others? Or do we 
have a little self-pity and feel others should be more 
considerate of us? 

Probably the most difficult of Jesus 1 responses for 
us to follow was His forgiveness. He not only person- 
ally forgave them, but He also asked the Father to for- 
give them, and at that point they weren't even sorry ♦ 
They not only had Him nailed to the cross, but now they 
stood around looking on mocking Himl Yet with all this, 
His desire 'was for their forgiveness I Can we attain this? 
Do we really want to? 

If we really want to know Jesus we must diligently 
cultivate these traits . The Apostle Peter tells us, 
"For even hereunto v ,re ye called: because Christ also 
suffered for us, lefc'.iiig us an example, that ye should 
follow his steps." (I Peter 2:21) 

Before we can realistically hope to follow His steps 
to rexvard In glory we must be willing to voluntarily 
follow His steps in suffering for the good of others, 
in submission, in faithfulness, and in forgiveness. 
If we are living for self we project that image through 
selfishness, indulgence, confusion, strife, etc. This 
testimony will turn away sincere seekers for truth. 
If we are living for Christ we will become like Him even 
in suffering. Our actions will become "conformable to 
His death." This kind of testimony will draw others 
to the Savior. 

What is our testimony? 

— James Beery 

Nappanee, Indiana 


This is a borrowed title and idea from Charles 
Swindell. It contains lessors on stumblingblocks, or 
offences amd brotherly concern. 

Perhaps you*ve never witnessed a tightrope-walker 
in action; I haven't. It's not hard to imagine the 
awesome scene though. You 1 re in the big city walking 
among the many skyscrapers when you notice a crowd of 


people all looking up. What you see you can't believe! 
Someone walking from one skyscraper to another on what 
looks like a thread 1 Now why would anyone want to do 

If you were the tightrope walker, you would know 
that the cable was tightened to 5 tons of tension; that 
it sways 6-10 inches, and any gust of wind would set 
it in motion. There you are, grasping your balance 
pole, nothing between you and the pavement far, far 
below but a rope I When a walker was asked why he didn't 
use a safety belt attached to the building, he replied, 
"Then I wouldn't be free I That's the reason I walk, that 
tightrope high as I can; I feel so free and exhileratedl" 

The b' " nee pole is vital to the walker's success, 
for that .,.:.; the only way he can maintain balance. Now, 
let's consider this long pole: What is the formula for 
the Christian to maintain balance? I believe LOVE is 
on one end of the pole and CONTROL on the pther end. 
That is what it takes to walk that straight and narrow 
way. (Matt. 7:14) Another thing it takes is meticulous 
pondering of the path. Only one slight mis-step and 
it would mean disaster — the end. 

To the foolish "Christian," liberty is a broad expanse 
of pleasures, a do-whatever-you-want-to attitude, with 
little or no regard to your brother or sister. Every- 
one can do his own thing. No, that' is LICENSE, not 
LIBERTY. Liberty is when you get close to God, full 
of His Spirit up there high on that tightrope care- 
fully, meticulously pondering each step of the way, 
balanced by love and control and grasping them with a 
concern of losing them. The statement "neither look to 
the riqht nor the left" takes on a deeper meaning here, 
doesn't it? 

In considering I Cor* 8, we see Paul is concerned 
for the weak brother. He is ! concerned that the strong- 
er brethren be very considerate of the weaker brethren. 
."But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours 
become a stumbling block to them that are weak." (v. 9) 
TAKE HSEDI In other words, be careful, watch. out for 
others, be considerate i Concern is a by-product of love, 


so the more love we have, the more concern we'll have 
for our brother j the more considerate we 1 11 be. 

Paul is talking about eating meat offered to idols. 
Some brethren couldn't see how any Christian could eat 
it and not be sinning. Paul is trying to tell them that, 
sure, we know it was an offering to an idol, but so 
what? We know that idols are nothing, "there is none 
other God but one." That's how we can eat it, in know- 
ing it is simply meat. We have this knowledge, but 
we can become puffed up, or proud and become inconsider- 
ate of our weaker brother. Then our weaker brother 
comes along and sees us eating, so he eats it with the 
knowledge that this is meat offered to the idol — for he 
stiil has a conscience of the idol — "...and their con- 
science being weak is defiled." (v. 7) That's his 
problem, right? WRONG! We are the stumbling block of 
this brother. It is our fault. "But when ye sin so 
against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, 
ye sin against Christ." (v. 12) 

Certainly, eating that meat didn't increase our 
favor with God; it didn't make us any better, and if we 
hadn't eaten it we wouldn't be any worse, (v. 8) We 
were intent on serving our own belly. How inconsiderate'. 
Again, v. 11 is saying, be considerate of your brethren, 
¥erse 12 says be convinced , that our sins against our 
brethren are sins against Christ. Verse 13 says be 
consistent , "Wherefore, if meat make my brother to 
offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, 
lest I make my brother to offend." In other words, I 
won't slip some in on the sly, while he's not looking. 

We find this same message in Romans 14: "Accept 
among you the man who is weak in the faith, but do not 
argue with him about his personal opinions,"- (Today's 
English Version) The first part of this chapter Paul 
is saying basically "do what is right in your own eyes," 
as the last sentence in v. 5: "Let every man be fully 
persuaded in his own mind." He qualifies this in the 
next two' verses that we do everything "unto the Lord." 
If we eat, we eat unto the Lord. If we don't eat, we 
don't eat unto the Lord. "Living or dying we follow 


the Lord. Either way we are His. Christ died and rose 
again for this very purpose, so that He can be our Lord 
both while we live and when we die. 1 ' (v. 8,9 Living 
Bible) Then there's verse 10 saying, who are we to judge 
/ our brothers in these things? God will judge all on 
the Judgement Day. Now v. 13 presents the thought of 
being considerate and careful that we do nothing to 
cause our brother to stumble or give an occasion to 
fall off that tightrope. 

ir I am absolutely convinced, as a Christian, that no- 
thing is impure of itself; only, if a man considers a 
particular thing impure, then to him it is impure. If 
your brother is outraged by what you eat, then your con- 
duct is no longer guided by love." (v. 14, 15 New English 
Bible) Concern and being considerate is a by-product 
of His love. What is following Christ all about? 
Eating? Drinking? Nol It is righteousness, peace, and 
joy in the Holy Ghost, (v. 17) n For he that in these 
things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and, approved 
of men." (v. 18) Fallow peace and things that edify 
so we may grow spiritually. "For meat destroy not- the 
work of God." (v. 20) "All things indeed are pure; but 
it is evil for that man who eateth with offence (a 
stumblingblock) ." 

Now, again we come to the three C r s: Be Considerate; 
don r t do these things if it will cause your brother to 
fall; it T s not worth iti Be Convinced that you can have 
anything through Christ; that is between you and God. 
Just remember to consider your brother 1 s conscience. 
Be Consistent in what you do. (v. 21, 22, 23) We then 
that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the 
weak, and not to please ourselves." (Romans 15:1) "To 
the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: 
I am made all things to all men, that I might by all 
means save some." (I Cor. 9:22) See Paul ! s concern and 
consideration. "I have shewed you all things, how that 
so labouring ye ought to support the weak; and to re- 
member the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is 
more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35) 
"Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, 

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comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient 
toward all men." (I Thes'salonians 5:14), 

We get three basic principles from all this; 1. No- 
thing is unclean of itself. 2. The essence of Christian I 
tty is not in externals. 3. When my liberty hinders God's 
work — yield. 

These virtues — the products of love — are pulling on that 
tightrope: the less pull or tension, the more it will 
sway and wobble, increasing our danger of falling, giv- 
ing us an imbalance. 

RIGHTCUSNESS, PEACE, JOY. Jesus consoled His dis- 
ciples before His death, "These things have I spoken unto 
you, that in me ye might have PEACE, in the world ye 
shall have tribulation: But be of good CHEER (joy); I 
have overcome the world. 11 (John 16:33) M What the Spirit 
brings is very different: love, joy, peace, patience, 
kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self- 
control. There can be no law against things like that, 
of course. You cannot belong to Christ Jesus unless 
you crucify all self-indulgent passions and desires." 
(Gal. 5:22-24, Jerusalem Bible) The 24 th verse of Dr. 
Lamsa's translation reads, ,r And those who belong to 
Christ have controlled their weaknesses and passions." 
"Let us therfore live in the Spirit, and surrender to 
the Spirit." (v. 25) What counsel! What a job we have! 
Be diligent. Be careful. Be in control. Be in love. 
Jesus is walking with you; He will guide you safely 
across this narrow tightrope. Keep your eyes on Him; 
neither look to the right -nor the left. It could mean 
losing your life by a mere distraction. It's not worth 

So, liberty is being free from the bondage of this 
world, freed from our. sin, our "old man." The "new. man" 
is always seeking ways to draw closer to God. He is 
carefully grasping that balance bar of love and control; 
pondering, searching out each step of The Way. He 
tries his best to walk a mile in his brother's shoes 
so he may understand his trials better; his sufferings; 
his struggles; his joys; and he is always especially 


sensitive to abstain from things that might cause his 
brother to stumble. He seriously considers his bro- 
ther's opinions and avoids arguments that damage our 
love for one another. He considers his brother better 
than himself. 

Is it all so serious? Yes, it is serious, but it is 
joyous! Remember, it is an exhilerating, free Spirit I 
That is why we walk as high as we can! It is a "glori- 
ous liberty" (Romans 3:21) "Draw nigh to God, and he 
will draw nigh to you. 11 (James 4:8) 

Hymns 215 and 472 contain excellent thoughts on 
walking the narrow way. 

"Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, 
and to preser ' you faultless before the presence of His 
glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our 
Saviour be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both 
now and forever. Amen." (Jude 24., 25) 


Clothed with humility, 

Girded with armour and shield. 

Sharp two-edged sx^ord he wields. 
The Word of his mighty King. 

Quickly his eyes survey; 

The cross, the price, the pathway. 
The worldlings foolish display; 

Careless and void at heart. 

Ponder ingLy choosing 

Wisely steps onto the rope. 
Vividly, at the end, hope, 

Love, joy, peace and Jesus. 

Perilously loosing 

This world's goods, this world's favor. 
No I near his heart a Saviour; 

His all sufficiency. 

Oh victory! oh crown! 

This is all his eyes behold. 


Give all to the King, he told 
Concerned for those around. 

Ignore the right , the left. 

Just straight and narrow, press on. 
You band of Pilgrims are one. 

Love, work 'til Jesus comes! 

— Ronald L. Cable 
Goshen , Indiana 


KEITH DANIEL BARTON, son of Chester and Harriet (Skiles) 
Barton, was born : in Ottawa, Kansas, on December 20, 1954. 
He passed away in the early morning hours of January 6, 
1989, in his home near North Manchester, Indiana. His 
age was 34 years and 17 days. 

Keith was baptized into the Old German Baptist 
Brethren Church in July, 1975, and lived faithfully 
until his death. 

He was united in marriage to Gail Cook on November 
27. 1977. Three children were born to them: Amy, Aaron, 
and Susie, all living at home. 

He lived in Kansas during his youth and early mar- 
ried years, moving to their Indiana home in 1983 • His 
working years were ended in July, 1987 when he was 
diagnosed as having the dread disease of cancer. The 
full force of medical knowledge and ability fought this 
disease, but failed to halt its progress. Twice during 
this time he called for and received strength from the 

He is survived by his companion who was faithful in 
caring for him until the end; the above named children; 
his parents; maternal grandparents, Aaron and Elizabeth 
Skiles, Wakarusa, Indiana; one sister, Carol Blocher, 
Roanoke, Texas; two brothers , Donald , Indianapolis, and 
Brother Max, Twelve Mile; also many aunts and uncles, 
cousins, nieces, and nephews, and many other relatives 
and friends. He will be remembered by many brethren 
and sisters who helped share the financial burden of 


his illness. 

Paneral services were held in the Eel River Church, 
Monday, January 9, at 10:Q0 a.m., conducted by the Home 
Brethren. The theme of the service, requested by 
Keith two days before his passing was: "Believe on the 
Lord; obey all His commandments so that when our time 
comes to leave this present life we may follow Him home 
to glory. If we follow Him now, we have the assurance 
of following Him to Heaven." Hymns used were 403, 484, 
499, 556, and while filling the grave 393 and 451. 

His fervent desire to depart this life and be with 
his Lord makes it easier for us who are left behind to 

bear our loss, 

-The Family 



I believe hope is similar to appetite. We need a 
good appetite for wholesome food to sustain healthy 
bodies, even as we need hope to prompt us to feed our 
souls. Remans 15:13: "Now the God of hope fill you 
with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound 
in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." Romans 
8:25: "But if we hope for that we see not, then do we 
with patience wait for it." 


"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and 
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, 
for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God 
mey be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." 
(II Timothy 3:16, 17) "Search the scriptures^ for in 
them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they 
which testify of me." (John 5:39) So we see the need 
to obtain the complete understanding. David was a man 
after God's own heart, and God used him to reveal to us 
fc'-se reactions of our hearts to the trials of life. The 
Psalms cover joy, peace, hope, thanks, and guilt, re- 
pentance and almost all our feelings. In the account 


of Job we see how God allows Satan to afflict right- 
eous people to make them better. So many examples 
there are, that we can spend a lifetime of study and 
only learn what the Lord reveals to us, 

— Ernest Wagner 


When the trials of life make you weary, 
And your troubles seem too much to bear, 
There's a wonderful solace and comfort for us. 
In the silent communion of prayer. 

When you'v searched for the sun' without ceasing, 
And the showers continue to fall, 
There's a heavenly lift in this wonderful gift 
That God has extended to. all.. 

From the magic of prayer there oomes power 

That will minimize all of your "care, 

And you'll gather new .hope when you're able to cope 

With the troubles that once brought despair. 

So lift up your heart to the heavens; 
There's a loving and kind Father there 
Who offers release and comfort and peace 
In the silent communion of prayer. 

— Selected by Susan R. Coning 


We, the members of the Indiana- district of the Old 
Brethren, have appointed a Love feast and Communion for 
April 1 & 2 at the Wakarusa meeting house. The Lord 
willing, we are looking f orward to a time of sweet fel- 
lowship and feeding upon His Word. A hearty invitation 
is extended to all of our brethren, sisters, and friends, 

— Melvin Coning 

To be content with what we possess is the greatest 
of all riches. Selected 



This is a Bible Treasure hunt. Once you have found 
all these words, put them together in the proper order 
and you 1 11 have a verse from the New Testament. Can 
you figure it out before you T ve even found all the words? 
In each reference y the first number is the chapter, the 
second is the verse, and the last is the number of the 
word you are to find. 


II Kings 3:1—4 


John 11:26—5 


Psalms 116:15—8 


Amos 9:15—30 


Romans 7:12 — 4 


Isaiah 42:8 — 5 


I John 5:19—12 


I' Peter 3:13—2 


Joshua 24:21—12 


II Chronicles 2:6 — 24 


Matthew 3:l6 — 2 


Genesis 45:1 — 15 


Proverbs 9:12—11 


I Timothy 1:15—8 


Revelation 21:7 — 3 


II Corinthians 12:9—2 


Malachi 4:2 — 4 


I Samuel 10:6 — 5 

•Elva Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 

Thought to ponder. . . 

History reveals a pattern in Christian conduct 
that is often repeated in many generations: 

1) Commitment — 

2) Compromise — 

3) Confusion — 

Which best describes your generation? 

— Lloyd Wagner 


Susie Wagner Colony Park Care Center 

159 Orangeburg Ave. 
Modesto, Calif 95350 
(private phone) (209) 529-9674 


We don T t know much about the childhood of Jesus, lie 
know as a small child. His mother taught him the law. 
When Jesus was twelve years old, he went to Jerusalem 
for the first time. His parents and a large company- 
traveled by foot which took several days. When they 
got there, Jesus was so interested in the teachers of 
the law that He didn't realize that His parents had left 
for home, llary and Joseph, supposing He was with His 
friends, didn't look for Him till evening, but He wasn't 
there. They returned to Jerusalem, and after three days, 
found Him sitting in the midst of the "Doctors" of the 
law, "asking Mid answering questions". His mother asked 
Him why He had caused them this grief: "We have sought 
thee sorrowing." The child Jesus answered, -don't you 
know I must be about my Father's business? He went home 
with His parents, and was obedient to them, "and Jesus 
increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God 
and man." (Luke 2:50) 

What do we have to do, to grow as Jesus did? He in- 
creased in wisdom. We know the wisdom we get .can 
either be good for our souls or a hindrance. Keep the 
good wisdom and throw away the bad. He increased in 
stature. This is a gift God gives us all. As we get 
older our- bodies develop into adulthood. He grew in 
favor with God and man. as you are growing you automat 
ically are in favor with someone, God or man. If we 
only please man, we are in favor with man only. On the 
other hand, if we live to please God, we will be as the 
child Jesus, and be in favor with God and man. 

.7— Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 36 MARCH, 1989 NO. 3 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


I know that my Redeemer lives. 
What " comfort this sweet sentence gives! 
He lives. He. lives, who once was dead; 
He lives — my ever-living Head. 

He lives, to bless me with His love; 
He lives, to plead for me above; 
He lives, my hungry soul to feed; 
He lives, to help in time of need. 

He lives, and grants me daily breath; 
He -lives, and I shall conquer death; 
He lives;, my mansion to prepare- — 
He lives, to bring me safely there. 

He lives — all glory to His name! 
He lives — my Jesus, still the same; 
Oh the sweet joy this sentence gives, 
"I know that my Redeemer lives I" 

— Samuel Medley 

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One of the greatest needs in the Church of 1989 is 
unity, I would define this, not as semeness of think- 
ing and views (This is necessary too.) but as oneness 
of the body of Christ In love and loyalty to each other. 
Ours is a time of individualism, independence, and self- 
sufficiency «— *It goes against the grain to think that 
we need counsel from our brethren or need to counsel 
with them. And yet this willingness to "give and re- 
ceive counsel" is one of our acknowledged needs in or- 
der to be in harmony as a church. 

Not only is this a great need; it is what Jesus 
prayed for and gave His life for, John 17 is the prayer 
of Jesus for His people, and one of His main requests 
is that His people "all may be one; as thou, Father,^ 
art In me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in 
us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me," 
(v. 21) Paul, writing to the Ephesians (2:13-16) speaks 
of the breaking down of the middle wall of partition 
between Jew and Gentile: "But now in Christ Jesus ye 
who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood 
of Christ , For He is our peace, who hath made both one, 
and hath broken down the middle wall of partition be- 
tween us;.,. And that he might reconcile both unto God 
in one body by the cross , having slain .the enmity there- 
by," Division into Jew and Gentile is hardly our prob- 
lem, but it is clear that Jesus went to the cross to 
bring about one body and not a group of individuals 
with various aims and purposes and loyalties. 

It seems that the trend and thinking of the group 
that organized into the Brethren Church is today being 
reversed, They came from the various parts of Germany 
and Switzerland,, and they were from different Christian 
groups, most of them called generally Pietists or Sep- 
aratists, leaving the state churches for more spiritual 
and less formal experiences. From these various back- 


■ grounds emerged one united group who wished to practice 
New Testament Christianity and be bonded into one by 
love and the power of the Spirit. 

This small but fast-growing fellowship had its prob- 
lems and even brought them along when the first group 
migrated to America. Because of these efforts by Satan 
to divide this new body, the Brethren settled in dif- 
ferent areas and were three years without organized 
meetings. Peter Becker with two other brethren made 
visits to the various homes and was successful in once 
again brinping the group together, -celebrating love- 
feast and baptizing six: two couples and two brethren. 

So it is no new thing to find Satan attempting to 
scatter the flock. He is like a wolf wishing ^o isolate 
sheep that they might be overcome more easily. And we 
are like those sheep. We fall easily alone. It isn't 
that the strength is in the numbers. The strength is 
in God. But when we go separate ways we lose the sup- 
port of one another that God uses to strengthen us. 

I don't mean- to imply that disunity comes only when 
we divide or pull out and leave the church body. The 
most deceptive and perhaps most effective sort of div- 
ision is when we can somehow remain organizationally 
intact, but in reality — in spirit— we ■ are .going separate 
ways and not really supporting one another. . 

Jesus has declared that He will build His Church and 
that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 
So we don't wish to be pessimistic. We know that God 
will not fail. But man can fail. We are in the devel- 
oping process and need to stand together.- One of 
Satan's devices is to sow seeds of distrust among us. 
Than we draw back and become a little more independent 
and less united. 

Perhaps the modern-day church is suffering from 
something like a spiritual arthritis where the joints 
that need to work smoothly in the body. instead are 
painful and without the lubricant of love. 

Actually, our children are inclined toward individ- 
ualism brv the very nature of the culture in which we 
live. We have varieties of food and even the very 


young decide which they like best, Ue have many toys, 
clothes, places to go, and things to do, and children 
are encouraged to choose, to be original, and to develop 
likes and dislikes in a way unknown a half-century ago* 
This is not all bad if they can also learn submission 
and self-denial. Does this sound old-fashioned? Yes, 
in the world these terms are out of date, but they are 
still valid and relevant In the church. 

No one wants to be alone. Young people want badly 
to find companions. Bat it is better to be alono than 
to have a cold or quarreling relationship. But better 
yet is to let God unite us and give us peace and harmony. 
We can have it. Alexander Mack spoke of ,r counting the 
cost 11 when we leave the world and come to Jesus Chricb., 
I would have us also "count the cost" of individualism 
and disunity. Our future and the future of our child- . 
ren and childreite children, as long as Jesus tarries, 
are at stake. 

What is the remedy for this attack of Satan? Live 
closely, obediently to the Lord Jesus. He is our com- 
mon source of relief. Meditate on His suffering, death 
and resurrection. Read Zphesians 4, I Corinthians 13, 
John 17, and all the Word of God. Pray earnestly for 
one another. Be kind and loving. Yield; give up our 
selfish interests and trust God to bring us to unity 
and peace. 

One body! Can it be that we, so torn, 

So prided in our own sweet wills, 

So divided Into cells of thought and form 

Can yet aspire to be as Jesus prayed — perfect in one? 

One Lord? Yes, God is one with Christ, 

The once-begotten Son, and with the Holy Ghost: 

Perfect accord, perfect in peace, and aim 

Showing a pattern for all time that we should be— 

-perfect in one. 
Oh God, unite our hearts in one 

That we, mortal and weak, may yet the pattern show 
To men the world around 
That Jesus died and lives aswji to make His people— 



"He that hath ears to hear let him hear, 11 This ex- 
pression was used many times in the New Testament and 
would be good for us to take to heart today. It probably 
means for those who. can hear with their ears (or .see 
with their eyes) to understand with their hearts. 

It is up to each of us to hear with our hearts We 
can read the Bible, hear a sermon with our ears, or read 
one in others 1 lives, etc., but unless we believe .it 
or hear it with our hearts and lives it won't do us 
any good. 

Many times there are things we x^ould like to under- 
stand better, and quite often we just ne A to believe 
(or hear) the obvious answers around us. The people 
in Christ T s time wanted Him to give them a sign or tell 
then clearly who He was, even while He was performing 
miracles in their presence. It seems like they should 
have believed what He told them, just by observing the 
many great wonders He did. But maybe- we are the same 
way today. Take for instance the issues of divorce and 
remarriage, child raising, our dress standards, mothers 
being keepers at home, the prayer covering, courtship 
standards (either whom we date or how we conduct our- 
selves when we do date). In all these examples (and 
there are many more) obvious answers, or signs, are be- 
ing lived all around us. There are the ways of inner 
joy and peace and the ways of trouble and sorrow. Vie 
can see terrible conditions in these areas in the world 
around us today. May the church be a light in the 
right way. 

If a practice we have been keeping has been bringing 
devastating results around us, let's not keep doing it 
just because we think it's the way the brethren have 
always done. We should rather search the Scriptures 
and observe the fruits around us and in the past. Let T s 
find God's way and will for our lives. It will yield 

Let's remember that our problem, or the decision 
we need to make, is not unique. It says In I Corinthians 


10:13, "There hath no temptation taken you but such 
as is common to man: but God is faithful , who will not 
suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but 
will with the temptation also make a way to escape, 
that ye may be able to bear it." 

Although the Bible does speak clearly on most of 
these issues, it seems there are always people who have 
to question whether the Bible does really say what it 
does. Let's not be like the people of Christ 1 s time 
who kept asking for a sign or an answer to who He was, 
even while He was doing* wonderful miracles all around 
them. Jesus said in John 14:11 , "Believe me that I am 
in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe 
me for the very works 1 sake.' 1 TVs the same today in 
many of our decisions. If we dorJt feel we can get a 
clear picture from studying the Scripture, let. us ob- 
serve the signs or fruits in other people's lives and 
learn from them. Matthew 7:20 says, "Wherefore by 
their fruits ye shall know them." There is obvious 
heartache, sorrow, and bitter fruit many times when we 
get away from God's will in these areas of our lives. 
Although sometimes it appears like people who are out 
of God's will are getting along fine, usually it brings 
trouble and judgement now, and at the end of time we'll 
all be judged according to how we have obeyed His laws 
and will. We must be sure it is God's will we are 
striving for, not our own. We need to desire and pray 
for ifisdom to understand the difference. 

Sometimes people seem to think it will turn out 
differently with them. But when we work the same works 
we will usually have the same results. 

May we hear God's way with our c^s, read it or ob- 
serve it with our eyes, believe it in our hearts, and 
obey it it our lives. 

— Neil Martin 

Nappanee , Indiana 

A happy home is not one without problems, but one 
that handles them with understanding and love. 

Selected by Nancy C^ler 



Part of our heritage as Anabaptists is the encourage- 
ment of individuals to study the Scriptures for them- 
selves to "see if these things be so," How then can we 
set forth the idea that Bible study can be dangerous? 
We would like to look at three ways in which we believe 
Bible study can be dangerous. 

First is taking the premise that what the church down 
through the ages, up until recent times, has taught is 
wrong. On many issues this can include the church at 
large. However, on some issues this will have to be 
limited to our Anabaptist understanding. Two issues on 
which the church at large was in general agreement fer 
centuries were the covering of women's heads in time i 
of worship and the need for modesty in dress. One exam- 
ple of being limited to our Anabaptist understanding 
would be the issue of nonresistance. 

Second Is using material besides the Bible to gain 
understanding. While learning material can often be 
useful, it must be used with great caution. You can 
believe aljnost anything you want to on a given subject 
and find someone who will give you Scripture (out of 
context) to substantiate what you desire to believe. 
The radio and T.V. (which we hope is not found in your 
home) has almost unlimited ideas set forth by Bible 
expositors. Everything from the cults to Fundamental- 
ist churches will be knocking at your door wanting to 
"share the truth from the Word of God." 

Thirdly, and this is closely related to the first two 
points, is using different translations of the Bible. 
While we have to be aware of the fact that the King 
James Version of the Bible contains words that have 
changed in meaning over the years and that it is a trans- 
lation, we believe that it is the best version avail- 
able in the English language. We do not say, personally, 
that it is wrong to compare translations, but we do feel 
it is dangerous to try to prove the KJV wrong by using 
other translations. We have also found that "going 
back to the original Greek" is not always reliable. 


The problem is that the vast majority of us have abso- 
lutely no understanding of Greek. This is then com- 
pounded by the fact that Greek "authorities' 1 are in 
great, disagreement when they translate the Greek into 

Most Christians claim to be led by the Holy Spirit. 
The Bible says this is a must. But the problem we have 
observed is that the Holy. Spirit usually seems to say 
exactly what we want Him to say I So where does this 
leave us? It leaves us with the fact that the earthly 
church will always have those within it that disagree 
on what Scripture really says. It also leaves us with 
the responsibility to search our hearts to see if we 
are truly seeking truth when we study the Scriptures. 

There, is "danger" in studying the Bible but there 
is also blessing. God expects a life of obedience from 
His Children, and the only way we can expect His bless- 
ing on our lives is by reading His Holy Word and obey- 
ing it. The Bible is usually not as complicated as man 
makes it out to be. In most cases It is man trying to 
"do his own thing" in place of humbly submitting to the 
will of God. This was our Brethren's understanding of 
Scripture ip years gone by, and we believe it is a good 
yardstick for today. 

— James M. Hite 

Palmyra, Pennsylvania 


They sealed the tomb of solid stone, 

The cruel Roman power 
\lhere Jesus 1 body lay alone 

In that sa d;> darksome hour. 

The' true disciples in despair 

BQhelql where He was laid. 
They turned a'way in grief and care, 

And tljey were sore 1 afraid. 


Then Jesus came in mighty power ; 

His glory filled the grave 
And took His body in that hour 

Salvation to us gave* 

The mighty Angel came alone 

Appeared in dazzling light, 
And rolled away the solid stone, 

A terrifying sight. 

The Roman soldiers fell as dead, 

The Roman power is done. 
As Angels tread of victory led 

To God, the Father's Son. 

His true disciples hear them say. 

The Lord is risen indeed. 
Their Saviour see in that same day 

And in His presence feed. 

Praise God to give us life anew 

And raise us from the dead; 
May all our names be there when true 

The Book of Life is read. 

—J.I. Cover (1958) 



Isaiah 26:3;- "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, 
whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in 
thee, 11 John 16:33 "These things I have spoken unto you 
that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall 
have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome 
the world. 11 These scriptures tell us plainly that if 
we make the .Ford our delight we will have peace. 


I believe we see and hear some of the signs spoken 
of in the Scriptures as fortelling the end of the world. 
Some of the great nations possess power to make fire 
come down from Heaven. Also there is great distress of 
many nations, caused by exacting interest (or usury). 
God gave the Jews laws to relieve the poor every seven 
years with a great adjustment every forty-nine years, 


Luke 22:42 "Saying, Father, if thou be willing, 
remove this cup from me: Nevertheless not my will, 
but thine, be done. 1 ' So we see the example Jesus 
r -tve, bow we should accept whatever the Lord sees ne- 
eessary^to prepare us for Heaven. I suppose it takes 
smaller trials to prepare us to trust Him, and be willing 
to accept the great trial of our faith. 

— Ernest Wagner 

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He prayeth well who loveth well 
Both man and bird and beast j 
He prayeth best who loveth best 
All things both great and small, 
For the dear God, who loveth us, 
He made and loveth all. 
— Coleridge 
Selected by Bertie Baker 



JUNE ELDORA FOUNTAIN, daughter of John and Lottie 
Gripe , was born March 22, 1900, near Springfield, 
Missouri, and departed this life on February 1, 19^9, 
in Grass Valley, California. She was one of a family 
of 12 children, and the fall of 1918 moved to California 
settling in the Salida area. 

On September 11, 1923 , she was married to William 
Herbert Fountain, and they walked life ! s road together 
for over 65 years. Their last years were spent in a 
cozy mountain home near Auburn, California. 

She and her husband were baptized into the Old 
Brethren Church at Salic] . Her life spanned an era of 
change, sacrifice, and t 5*1, Through it all she had a 
close walk with the Loru i.fA a concern for the souls 
of those around her. She expressed her feelings in 
poetry which she shared. Her longings to go "Home" 
were realized when, after much suffering^ the Lord called 
her to Him while she was in a care center in Grass 
Valley, California. 

Keenly missing her now is her faithful husband, 
Herbert of Auburn; four children: William of Elk Grove, 
California; Margaret Lindgren of Escalon; Raymond of 
Orovado, Nevada; and Byrl of Auburn, California; four- 
teen grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; two sisters: 
Blanche Price and Betty Samuelson; dozens of nieces and 
nephews; and a host of friends. Funeral services were 
conducted February 3 by a nephew, Pastor Earl Gripe, 
and Elder Leslie Cover. Burial was in Wood Colony 

The family wishes to thank all their friends and 
brethren for their kindness in this sorrow. 

-Martha Cover for the Family 


We want to thank our friends for their labors, gifts, 

and prayers during Rex 1 s illness. May the Lord reward 

you for your kindness. 

— Rex, Janice, and family 



(This is another short selection from Irenaeus's 
lengthy writings "Against Heresies" from the Ante- 
Nicene Fathers * 'Much of his work exposing the various 
errors of his time does not seem current or needful 
now. But this sample of his work will fit in any age.) 


1. Therefore Abraham also, knowing the Father through 
the Word, who made heaven and earth, confessed Him to 
be God; and having learned, by an announcement (made to 
him), that the Son of God would be a man among men, by 
whose advent his seed should be as the stars of heaven, 
he desired to see that day, so that he might himself 
also embrace Christ; and seeing it through the spirit 
of prophecy, he rejoiced. Wherefore Simeon also, one 
of his descendants, carried fully out the rejoicing of 
the patriarch, and said: "Lord, now lettest Thou Thy 
servant depart in peace. For mine eyes have seen Thy 
salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of 
all people: a light for the revelation of the Gentiles, 
and the glory of the people Israel. 11 And the angels, 
in like manner, announced tidings of great joy to the 
shepherds who were keeping watch by night. Moreover, 
Mary said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit 
hath rejoiced in God my salvation;" — the rejoicing of 
Abraham descending upon. those who sprang from him, — 
those, namely, who were watching, and who beheld Christ, 
and believed in Him; while, on the other hand, there was 
a reciprocal rejoicing which passed backwards from the 
children to Abraham, who did also desire to see the day 
of Christ's earning. Rightly, then, did our lord bear 


witness to him, saying, "Your father Abraham rejoiced 
to see my day; and he saw it, and was glad. 11 

2, For not alone upon Abraham's account did He say 
these things, but also that He might point out how all 
who have known God from the beginning, and have foretold 
the advent of Christ, have received the revelation from 
the Son Himself; who also in the last times was made 
visible and passable, and spake with the human race, 
that He might from the stones raise up children unto 
Abraham, and fulfill the promise itfhich God had given him, 
and that He might make his seed as the stars of heaven, 
as John the Baptist says: "For God is able from these 
stones to raise up children unto Abraham," Now, this 
Jesus did by drawing us off from the religion of stones, 
and bringing us over from hard and fruitless cogitations, 
and establishing in us a faith like to Abraham. As 

Paul does also testify, saying that we are children of 
Abraham because of the similarity of our faith, and the 
promise of inheritance. 

3, He is therefore one and the same God, who called 
Abraham and gave him the promise. But He is the Creator, 
who does also through Christ prepare lights in the world, 
(namely) those who believe from among the Gentiles. And 
He says, "Ye are the light of the world;" that is, as 
the stars of heaven. Him, therefore, I have rightly 
shown to be known by no man, unless by the Son, and to 
whomsoever the Son shall reveal Him. But the Son 
reveals the Father to all to whom He wills that He should 
be known; and neither without the goodwill of the Father, 
nor without the agency of the Son, can any man know God. 
Wherefore did the Lord say to His disciples,- "I am the 
way, the truth, and the life: and no man cometh unto 

the Father but by Me. If ye had known me, ye would have 
known My Father also: and from henceforth ye have both 
known Him, and have seen Him." From these words it is 
evident, that He is known by the Son, that is, by the 

4, Therefore have the Jews departed from God, in not 
receiving His Word, but imagining that they could know 
the Father (apart) by Himself, without the Word, that 

14 " __ THE PILGRIM 

is, without the Son; they being ignorant of that God who 
spake in human shape to Abraham, and again to Moses, say- 
ing, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people in 
Egypt, and I have come down to deliver them," For the 
Son, who is the Word of God, arranged these things before- 
hand from the beginning, the Father being in no want of 
angels, in order that He might call the creation into 
being, and form, man, for whom also the creation was made; 
nor, again, standing in need of any instrumentality for 
the framing of created things, or for the ordering of 
those things which had reference to man; while, (at the 
same time,) He has a vast and unspeakable number of ser- 
vants. For His offspring and His similitude do minister 
to Him in every, respect; that is, the Son and the Holy 
Spirit, the Word and Wisdom; whom all the angels serve , 
and to whom they are subject. Vain, therefore, are those 
who, because of that declaration, "No man knoweth the 
Father, but the Son," do introduce another unkicwn Father. 


"Look not every man on his own things, but every man 
also on the things of others." — Philippians 2:4 


The natural "self" in all of us has a way of rising 
and staying at the top. How often do we get caught up 
in our own little world and think only of ourselves? 
What will this do for me? Or — how will that affect my 
situation? How much do we really live for, and think 
of others? 

In the nursing home where I work there used to be a 
resident that was a very good friend to me. She was 
interested in me and my family and would always want me 
to come to see her and visit a little before I went 
home. I usually did, and she would wonder what I had 
been doing and how everything was going. One time I 
was feeling down and rather blue, and I ended up tell- 
ing her about it. Well, the next time I went to work, 


I was assigned to her floor to get people up and ready 
for breakfast. Now one thing she hated to do was get 
up. She liked to stay up late and then sleep in. But 
with a scheduled time for breakfast , she had to get up 
earlier than she liked. I went in to her room rather 
dreading having to awaken her and get her out of that 
nice warm bed. But when I called her name and she saw 
me, she smiled. I helped her sit on the edge of the 
bed, and the first thing she said x^as, "You'll be all 
right." She had remembered how I had been discouraged 
and she wanted to cheer me up and let me know she cared. 
She forgot herself and the displeasure of getting up 
early because she was thinking of someone else. It did 
cheer me up and. warmed me all ver. I just loved her 
all the more. 

How often have I, so caught up in myself, missed a 
good opportunity to say an encouraging word or give a 
helping hand? With God*s help "self" can be crucified, 
and we can live not wholly to help ourselves, but to 
encourage and lift each other up, thereby following 

— r-Joarma Coning 
Goshen, Indiana 

"Lord, help me live from day to day, 
In such a self-forgetful way, 
That even when I kneel to pray 
My prayer shall be for — Others. 

Let "Self" be crucified and slain 
And buried deep, and all in vain 
May efforts be to rise again, 
Unless to live for — Others. 

Others, Lord, yes, others, 
Let this my motto be, 
Help me to live for others, 
That I may live like Thee." 

— C. E. Meigs 



My mother lived in Western Kansas with her parents. 
She was a happy child because she was a busy child. 
Seventy-five years ago each one of the family had to 
work* Her daddy had a threshing machine. Twenty men 
went along with the outfit to do custom threshing. 
This was called a threshing ring. The wheat was cut and 
piled in big stacks, IJhen" ready to thresh, the machine 
was pulled between the stacks. The wheat was forked in- 
to the separator. The straw was blown on a pile, and 
the wheat in wagons. Along with the machines went a 
cook shack. Here the meals were fixed for the men. Be- 
sides cooking, six to eight loaves of bread were baked 
each day. At the age of sixteen my mother went along 
to do the cooking. 

In my mother's last years she talked about her ear- 
lier life at the cook shack. She could remember her 
past life but forgot what happened the day before. One 
evening she was so restless and couldn T t get settled 
down. I mentioned the twenty-third Psalm. She bright- 
ened up and quoted it all. For quite awhile we talked 
about the Shepherd; that seemed to make her more relaxed. 

I have related this to show you how important it is 
to live a good life, one that you won't be ashamed of. 
Memorize God's Word while you are young. In years to 
come, you will be thankful you did. I am convinced a hap- 
py child is one that has work to do, and parents to see 
that it gets done. 

Paul writes to Timothy, "Let no man despise thy youth." 
He is saying, don't let anyone make you feel ashamed to 
speak for Jesus while you are young. You are created 
in the image of God. M 0f such is the kingdom of heaven. 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, Calif. 


19201 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, Calif % 95379 


VOL. 36 APRIL & MAI, 1989 NOS. 4 & 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: n 


Gracious is the promise of our living Lord: 

M I will not leave you comfortless." 
That promise is fulfilled, according to His word; 

He comes our waiting souls to bless. 

Cleansing, purifying like a living flame, 

He comes the heart to bless and fill; 
To make us more than conquerors through Jesus 1 name, 

According to His holy will. 

This God's blessed will that we should holy be, 

And to His service set apart; 
From sir and its pollution set at liberty, 

A purified and perfect heart. 

Coming like the rain upon the thirsy ground, 

Reviving like a summer shower; 
The Comforter will come, where yielded hearts are found, 

In mighty Pentecostal power. 

CHOHIS: He has come, He has come. 

The Comforter has come to abide. 
He has made my heart His home. 
The Comforter has come to abide, 

— Haldor Lillenas 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Jesus groaned and wept at the tomb of Lazarus, The 
people interpreted this as evidence of His great love 
for Lazarus. We know this was true of Him, but we do 
not know what other emotions might have been moving 
Jesus. For this trip back to Jerusalem was His final 
one. This time He would be arrested and suffer and die 
for the sins of the world. He would be leaving His cho- 
sen ones, and V could see and feel and tell what was 
In store for ts&lu As He shared with them what lay- 
ahead for Him and for them, He commented, "But because 
I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled 
your heart." And He told them of the Comforter whom 
He would send to abide with them for ever. As we read 
the account in John, we cannot but sense Jesus 1 love 
and concern for these who were to be His witnesses in 
the world. He knew how desparately they would need help 
and power far beyond their own. This He provided for 
them in the Person of the Holy Spirit. 

Many tend to think of the Spirit as a power or force 
to be referred to as "it." In several passages in the 
King James Version this pronoun is used. But in most 
places the Spirit is named "He." YJhen we see His work 
and His attributes and come to know Him better and feel 
His blessed influence, we will see that indeed the Holy 
Spirit is a Person in the Holy Trinity. Inasmuch as 
God*s ways and His attributes and being are so much 
higher than ours, it is no wonder that we do not under- 
stand all we are told about Him, and our language fails 
in trying to describe Him. 

But we do know that Jesus spoke the truth even though 
we may not understand. He told us what this Comforter 
would do for His followers. 

First, Jesus said this Comforter would "abide with 
you forever." Forever is a long time. It is more than 


a long time. How many things of this life would you 
like to see continue forever? As I tried to list some 
of these desirable features, I found myself thinking 
of the very fruit of this Holy Spirit — the love, joy, 
peace, etc, of Galatians 5:22,23. How faithful and good 
God is to give us what we need and desire, that we may 
possess and enjoy forever. 

John 14:26 tells of another way in which this One 
will help us: M But the Comforter, which is the Holy 
Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall 
teach you all things, and bring all things to your re- 
membrance, whatsoever I have said unto you," For those 
disciples, Jesus was promising ability to remember and 
record His word° by the power of the Spirit. For us, 
He is the Teacher who reminds us and instructs us in 
heavenly things. How else can we account for any victory 
over temptations and trials? Where but from the Spirit 
come the reminders of duty, the encouragement and com- 
fort of Jesus 1 very words? The world doesn r t have this 

The Holy Spirit has a mission to the whole world as 
well. Jesus said, "He will reprove (or convince) the 
world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." 
Oh, that all would become convinced of the truth of 
Jesus' words in these three areas. Judgment for sin is 
coming! Thank God that our sins were borne by Jesus 
on Calvary 1 s tree and that we now stand justified by 
His blood and dressed in His righteousness. May we be 
reproved by the Spirit in such a way that this freedom 
and justification will never give us the thought that 
we can be careless about our conduct. The Holy Spirit 
will promote in us a holy life. 

After Jesus 1 resurrection just before He ascended, 
He told His followers to "tarry in the city of Jerusalem, 
until ye be endued with power from on high." When the 
Holy Spirit descended on the disciples on Pentecost, 
He came with power. They were changed from fearful to 
fearless, from weak to strong. Twice in Acts 2 it is 
recorded about the crowd that observed this change, 
"And they were all amazed..." Some called them drunken, 
but others knew better and marvelled* From that time 


the disciples of Jesus preached with power and zeal and 
the newborn Church of Jesus Christ was strong and pow- 

We need this faithful Guide today, I need to be 
convinced, and reproved daily because I tend to become 
skeptical and doubtful. When we are convinced, we 
should believe, I need His power and holy boldness be- 
cause I am weak and timid, I need His comfort, for I 
am often saddened by conditions around me and my own 
failings. I need to be reminded by Him of Jesus 1 words, 
for I forget so easily. I need to remember what hap- 
pened at Calvary and just how it came about that my 
sins could be wiped out — forgiven — by the One who took 
my place on the cro^, These things and more will this 
faithful Holy Spirio do for us, His believers and fol- 
lowers. — L.C. 


Her love is like an island 

In life's ocean, vast and wide, 

A peaceful, quiet shelter 

From the wind, the rain, the tide. 

f Tis bound on the north by Hope, 

By Patience on the West, 
By tender Counsel on the South 

And on the East by Rest. 

Above it like a beacon light 

Shine Faith, and Truth, and. Prayer ; 

And through the changing scenes of life 
I find a haven there. 

— Author Unknown 

A happy marriage is the union 
of two good forgivers. 



While reading a book, I came across these ten sug- 
gestions. I have added some thoughts to each suggestion. 


We need to adjust the lights on our car once in a- 
while. The vibration and rust lets the bulbs settle; 
then they are out of focus. We have manuals telling us 
how to do this adjusting properly. Likewise, our 
"Spiritual Light" needs to be adjusted regularly. The 
knocks and filth of this earth, caused our "Light" to 
get out of focus. We have complete instructions how to 
set our lives j so others can see we are walking with 
Jesus. "Set your affections on things above , not on 
things on this earth." (Colossians 3:4) 


In everything we do in life, we have a .schedule to 
meet. Dad used to do custom baling. Each day we had 
a certain amount of acres to bale. When everything was 
in good condition, we would meet the schedule. Once in 
a while things would get out of time, and the plunger 
would hit the needles. When this happened everything 
was at a standstill until the problem was fixed. Each 
one of us has a schedule planned for our lives , from 
birth until death. Unless we have the proper timing 
we will break too many "needles." "Blessed are they 
that do his commandments, fchay they may have the right 
to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates into 
the city." (Rev. 22:14) If we do His commandments, we 
know we will conform to the schedule. 


I can think of nothing on this earth that can T t be 
stopped. The biggest machines have brakes to control 
them. James says that no man can tame the tongue; it 
is too slippery. Only if we have faith in the living 
God, can we apply the proper brakes. • "Let your speech 
be alway with ^race, seasoned with salt, that ye may 


know how ye ought to answer every man." (Col. 4:6) 


Psalm 119:165 reads., "Great peace have they which 
love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." The 
brother that is the easiest offended is the weakest 
brother. If we are always disturbed because my brother 
does something we don't like, I am afraid we don't have 
this peace. 


When we go on a trip, we study the map and go. If 
we are going west, we head west. We are all going on 
a journey together. I trust we have studied the "Map" 
and keep going in the right direction. Jesus says, 
"Because straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, 
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." 
(Matt. 7:14) The Word tells us that some that start on 
this journey will have a wreck. "Now the spirit speak- 
eth expressly, that in the latter times some shall de- 
part from the faith..." (I Tim. 4:1) 


What more can be said? "Finally, brethren, whatso- 
ever things are true, \fhatsoever things are honest, 
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, 
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of 
good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any 
praise, think on these things." (Phil. 4:8) 


The only way we can overhaul our life is to get rid 
of this old man and put on the new man. "Be instant in 
season and out of season." In other words be ready to 
give an answer of the hope that is in;you, at all times. 
We can't ever go on vacation from God. Jesus tells us 
if we win the victory, we will sit with HIM on HIS throne. 



In the winter time we need to put anti- freeze in the 
radiator of the car so it won't freeze. If we forget^ 
the motor will freeze; then it is good for nothing. We 
know our hearts can also get cold. We must apply the 
correct solution to warm it up. "But the greatest of 
these is love. 11 If we do not have this love,, Jesus can't 
come into our hearts. If this love was in our hearts, 
there would be no freezing up of homes, churches, or 
friends. Jesus died on the cross so we could' de-winter- 
ize our hearts. 


Jesus tells us that if we are pure in heart, we shall 
see God . Those that ret in that "Bright City" have had 
this lubrication on their bodies. Only with this can 
we be acceptable. 

Today we hear a lot about retirement. At a certain 

age the government will take care of us, and we don't 
jieed to work. Some young men complain because they 
think there will be no funds left when they are that 
age. As I become older, I, too, am looking forward to 
retiring. My Maker will take care of me, and all that 
love Him (if we hold out faithful until the end.) I 
don't know at what age I can retire, but when He says 
it is enough, I will get my reward". In this plan I hear 
no complaints about the funds running out. We have the 
words of a faithful soldier that felt he was ready for 
retirement. If we can say this as he did we will have 
this Ha^py Eternal Life. "For I am now ready to be 
offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I 
have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I 
have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me 
a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous 
judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, 
but unto all them also that love his appearing." (II Tim. 
4:6-8) — Everett Oyler New Paris, Indiana 



1^ d like to share some precious moments with you. 

On Friday, a sister and her two granddaughters left 
on the 6:00 o'clock bus from town and came out here to 
the farm to help bake the communion bread, This was 
the first time she had shared in baking the bread. The 
dear sister mixed the flour and shortening together in 
a sacred-like manner, being quiet and as if in deep 
thought. I told her that was mixed enough so she stopped 
but was soon mixing again as if she was doing something 
precious for the Lord. As she kneaded the dough she. 
had the same expression of love, pea.ce, sweetness and 

As we five sisters and two brethren sat around the 
table of the Lord, we could feel the nearness of the 
Spirit of the Lord/ even though we missed a visiting 
minister and other visiting brethren and sisters being 
here with us. The church was about filled to capacity 
with friends. As we were going through the examination 
service, I noticed some heads were bowed and eyes were 
closed feeling the human weakness — that only God can 
make us feel worthy to partake of the sacred emblems. 
During prayer I could hear a sister beside me quietly 

It was impressive to see them wash and wipe each 
other's feet. They don't get in a hurry to get it done, 
but they wash the sisters' feet thoroughly with earnest- 
ness and wipe them thoroughly dry. 

When the salutation and kiss of love was passed from 
one to another they kissed and embraced and held each 
other close. They weren't just going through the motions 
but were truly showing with sincerity their love for 
each other. The bread was eaten slowly, very slowly and 
in reverence. 

After the closing of the meeting the communion bread 
was passed around to anyone desiring a piece. A sister 
said she wanted a piece to take home to put with the 
other three peices she had saved, one from each time she 
had communed. As you see, communion is wonderful for 



herl She never ceases to give God the thanks for show- 
ing her the way of salvation and always likes to sing 
the hymn that says, "Happy day that I accepted my Savior, 
the wonderful peace I received and it stays in my heart. 
What pleasure I felt the day I was converted, now I feel 
his love and the assurance of His wonderful peace. I 
am happy, so happy because in Jesus I'm satisfied, " 

As sandwiches were served to everyone present, the 
sister said she wanted some to take home to her husband 
and granddaughter as she wanted theni to have something 
from the meeting and hope they will see their way to be 
able to partake of the Lord's Supper with her in the 
future. She is always asking for prayer for her family 
and all humanity that they wHl accept Christ as their 
Savior. May each one of you remember them and the rest 
of us in prayer as we each need the prayers of each 
other. May we pray that the ones that are searching 
for the way of salvation may find it, and the ones of 
us that have accepted God may continue to walk with 

-Violet Flora 
Goias, Brazil 


I bought something strange at the auction' today — 

Something I did not need — 
And I paid a most horrible price for it, 

But I'm glad that I bought it indeed. 

It was something I'd built with my own two hands 

When I xtfas younger, and fair; 
But now I am old, and they thought it was strange 

That I paid such a price for a chair. 

The chair had been beautiful, perfectly made — 

As fine as a chair could be; 
No words can do justice to what I had built, 

So gracious and glorious to see. 

But now it seemed hopelessly broken, and ruined; 
And only two men knew its worth — 


Myself, who had built it, and could build it again— 
And the enemy of my youth. 

He refused to quit bidding, he hated me so, 
Though no cause for his hatred was there; 

He had worked in my shop as a faithful employee 
Long ago when I built the chair, 

But his impatient pride and his jealousy grew 

When customers gave me praise, 
And I saw him destroy that masterpiece chair; 

So we went our separate ways. 

Now I knew he could never repair that chair, 

So the chair is mine today; 
He bid at the auction as much as he could — 

But I paid what he would not pay, 

I bought something strange up on Calvary 1 s hill — 

Something I did not need — 
And I paid a most horrible price for it, 

Bat I T m glad that I bought it Indeed. 

It was something I*d built with my own two hands 

When the earth was new in grace; 
Now the earth is older; they thought it was strange 

What I paid for the human race. 

It had once been beautiful, perfectly made — 

As fine as a soul could be; 
No words can do justice to what I had built, 

So gracious and glorious to see^ 

But now it seemed hopelessly broken, and ruined; 

And only we two knew its worth — 
Myself, the Creator, who could build it again — 

And the Enemy of all Truth. 

He refused to quit bidding, he hated me so, 

Though his hatred had not been just; 
He had worked in my service a faithful employee 

When I created man from the dust. 


But his impatient pride and his jealousy grew 

When cherubims sang my praise, 
And I saw him destroy the human heart; 

So we went our separate ways. 

Now I r m sure he would never repair that heart; 

So man can be mine today; 
He bid there on Calvary as much as he could — 

But I paid what he would not pay. 

I bought something strange near Jerusalem — 

Something I did not need — 
And I paid a most horrible price for it, 

But I'm glad that I bought, it indeed. 

— Stanley K. Brubaker 
Selected by Ruth Flora 


The Bible is unique in that it does not include a 
haphazard collection of writings but is an organic whole, 
Anyone who reads the Bible carefully will quickly real- 
ize that there is a unity about it that is nothing less 
than marvelous. It is inspired, authoritative, and 
entirely trustworty. What are the grounds for believ- 
ing this? Consider the following: 

The Wonder of Its Formation 

The 66 books of the Bible were written by about 40 
different \-\rriters who came from different backgrounds. 
The writers were a king, a doctor, a herdsman, a tax 
gatherer, a scribe, a fisherman, etc. Their writings 
spread over a period of 1600 years > so there could be 
no collusion among them. Yet, when these 66 books are 
placed together, there is a perfect unity and harmony 
about them. What is the explanation? Only one: The 
Bible is God's miracle book. 

The Accuracy of Its Statements 

It is commonly held that the Bible is full of errors. 
However, what seem to be discrepancies are cleared away 

12 THE _ PILGRIM . , 

after careful investigation. There is not one single 
proved inaccuracy in the whole Bible. It is accurate 
historically, geog ^apbically, scientifically, psycho- 
logically, and verbally. What is the secret of its 
accuracy? The Bible is God ! s miracle book. 
The Fulfillment of Its Prophecies 

Prophecy is history written In advance. There are 
over 30 Old Testament prophecies relating to Jesus ! 
arrest, trial and crucifixion which were all fulfilled 
within 24 hours after He died. What is the explanation 
of this prophetical accuracy? It is this: The Bible 
Is God's miracle book. 

The Insistence of Its Message 

There is one message which runs right through the 
Bible. It is the message of God ! s great love for sin- 
ful humanity, of the gift of His Son, of His gracious 
provision of salvation. This great message is stated 
as early as Genesis 3:15 and can be traced through the 
Bible until its final appeal to sinful man to accept 
the Gospel invitation. (Rev. 22:17) How can this insist- 
ent message be accounted for? The explanation is this: 
The Bible is God ! s miracle book. 

— Roger Johnson 
Christian Bible Teacher 



"Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto 
him that teacheth In all good things. Be not deceived ; 
God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that 
shall he also reap. 11 (Galatians 6:6) So we understand 
we each have an opportunity to help one another by ex- 
changing our thoughts and decisions with one another, 
Jesus said, n Ye know that they which are accounted to 
rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them: and 
their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so 
shall it not be among you. n Don't we see this carnal 
temptation exercised among the many denominations today? 


Some have a pattern of the Jewish religion in the form 
of a book of rules and regulations that place interpre- 
tations on the Word, My hope is that through the uni- 
ted effort and prayers of many, we may overcome some of 
the things that cause divisions and enjoy more fellowship, 


Hebrews- 11; 6: "...For he that cometh to God must be- 
lieve that He is, and that he is a rewarder.of them that 
diligently seek Him. n It is very hard for us to visual- 
ize a power that is self-contained and never changes. 
God in describing Himself to Moses said, "I. am that I 
am. 11 Man in searching for a beginning of all things 
must know that God was "before all things and by Him 

all things consist" _ , Tr 

6 — Ernest Wagner 

. , . .. i 


We of the Salida Congregation rejoiced to receive two 
more precious souls, Jesse Cover and Darin Crawmer, into 
our fellowship by a public confession of faith in the 
Lord Jesus Christ and Christian baptism on April 23. 
May they always be faithful and helpful in the Kingdom 

of God * —Joseph L. Cover 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 12, 13, and 14 at the 
Salida, California, meeting house. Friday will be our 
business meeting and there will be public preaching 
on Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost). The Communion 
Service will be held Saturday evening. All our members 
and friends are welcome and invited to come and worship 

^ th us * —Joseph L. Cover 

F ee< i your faith and your fears will starve to death. 

— Selected 

14 m THE PILGRIM ., 


Dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ Is just one of 
the many areas we as Christians should be aware of and 
strive to improve ourselves in. However, it is also 
one of those areas in which we fail so often. How often 
are you faced with a situation where , instead of pray- 
ing and asking the Lord for guidance, you try to work 
things out on your own? This concept is foreign to 
most people. The natural tendency of human nature is 
to try to solve all of life's problems on your own. 
This is not the Christ^ r s outlook on life. The 
Christian has a Friend i turn to when he is beset by 
a problem and doesn't know what to do. That Eriend is 
the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Let's look at the name The Lord Jesus Christ. It 
includes The Lord, His divine title; Jesus, His personal 
name; and Christ, His official title. He is our High 
Priest, our personal Friend, and our Intercessor, as 
the name implies. With this assurance, the Christian 
should never have to fear being alone in time of trial. 
God himself said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake 
thee." (Hebrews 13:5) 

As our High Priest, Hie Lord is our connection with 
God. He is our Teacher, our Leader, our Captain, and 
our Example. He instructs us through His Word. He 
speaks to God for us. When we pray to God, we pray in 
the name of Jesus. This is because Jesus is the one 
who died for us, and it is only through Jesus that we 
can become acceptable to God. Jesus 1 role as our High 
Priest functions hand in hand with His role as our 

As our Intercessor, Jesus intercedes with God for 
us. Since Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for sin, it 
is only through Him that we become acceptable to God. 
God cannot tolerate sin. Therefore, the only way we 
can be acceptable in God's sight is if we are washed 
in the blood of Jesus. Jesus is our only means of 


salvation. He Is also our personal Friend. 

As our personal Friend, Jesus is someone whom we 
can turn to when we need help. This is a simple state- 
ment, but it is often overlooked. Many people find it 
hard to let God have complete control of their lives. 
It T s often easy to try to work out lifeVs problems on 
your own instead of asking the Lord ! s guidance. How- 
ever, the Lord has promised that if we ask Him for 
guidance, He will give it to us. (James 1:5) 

How does this apply to us as Christians? I think 
that If we as Christians can come to recognise The Lord 
Jesus Christ as fulfilling all three of these offices 
and His function in each, we will have a much better 
understc- ding of the process of our salvation. Learn 
to recorrize The Lord Jesus Christ as your High Priest, 
^our Intercessor, and your personal Friend. 

— Eddie Wagner 

Mode st o, California 


COVER— HUFFMAN Benjamin Cover and Jolene Huffman were 
married March 25, 1989, near Bradford, Ohio . 
New Address: 17012 Country Rd. 

Sonora, Calif • 95370 
(209) 928-4036 


BEERY - A daughter, Monica Kristen, born April 5, 1989, 
to Stephen and Kimberly Beery of Nappanee, Indiana. 

ROYER - A son, Ethan David, born April 6, 1989, to 
David and Elva Royer of Goshen, Indiana, 

To live above with those we love 
Oh I That will be glory. 
But to live below with those we know 
WelX — that's a different story! 

— Selected by Nancy Oyler 


Have you seen new born kittens or puppies? If you 
have, you noticed their eyes were not open. When they 
get a few days older they will open. I don*t know why 
they are this way, only God wanted them to be. You and 
I have cur eyes open, but because of selfishness, we 
are blinded many times to the beauty around us. Did 
you ever have to do chores when you thought it wasn't 
your turn? Maybe you and a friend were going to play 
together, but Mother needs your help. If this happens 
to you, do your work cheerfully, and soon you will be 
done. When .we are happy and cheerful everything seems 
to go better. Someone has said, "Cheerfulness is the 
window-cleaner of the mind." 

One time two men were walking to a certain village, 
talking about the events of the day. A third "Man" came 
and walked with them. He wondered what they were talk- 
ing about, that made them look so sad. They repeated 
the sad story how several people falsely accused a good 
Man and hung Him on a cross. As they came to the vill- 
age, this third "Man" staited to go on, but the others 
wanted him to stay and eat with them. As they sat down 
to eat, He took the bread and blessed it and gave them 
to eat. At that instant their eyes were opened. These 
lien's minds were getting clouded with doubt. As soon 
as they saw Jesus, they had a better outlook on life. 
They could see the sunshine again. If we try to see 
the good in everybody and everything, our eyes will be 
open to see what God wants us to see. 

— Everett Oyler 


THE PILGRIM Son0ra > *"*' 

19201 Cherokee Rd, 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 36 JUNE, 1989 NO. 6 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." t Peter 2: u 


Father, in Thy mysterious 

presence kneeling, 
Fain would our souls feel 

all Thy kindling love; 
For we are weak, and. .need 

some deep revealing 
Of trust and strength and calmness 

from above « 

Lord, wo have wandored forth 

through doubt and sorrow, 
And Thou hast made each step 

An onward one; 
and we will ever trust 

each unknown morrow; 
Thou wilt sustain us 

till its work is. dene. 

Now, Father, now in Thy dear 

presence kneeling, 
Our spirits yearn to feel 

Thy kindling love; 
Now make us strong; we need 

Thy deep revealing 
Of trust and strength and calmness 

from above. 

— Samuel Johnson, 1846 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


School is out I Throughout the land costly build- 
ings and elaborate equipment will lie idle until the 
next term. Actually, the same tiling happens for two 
days of each week during the school year. In the past 
all businesses closed for the Lord's Day. Work stopped 
and most people went to a house of worship. In our 
efficiency-conscious society, men complain about this 
waste of time for expensive buildings and machinery to 
lie idle when they could be used. 13- j merchants, one 
by one, begin to stay open seven days a week. They 
see other businesses offering services on Sunday and 
feel pressured to do the same.. 

Looking at this from a different angle, we see our 
meeting houses lying empty and unused during most of 
the week. Under the Old Covenant the temple wap used 
constantly; the candles were kept lighted, incense was 
burned, and sacrifices were made daily. This emphasiz- 
es a basic difference between Israel and the Church 
(the new Israel). Our meeting houses are not temples, 
but the- temple of the New Covenant is the body of be- 
lievers and the individual bodies of Christians. 
(See I Corinthians 3:16 and 6:19.) 

In our jobs and businesses we are taught to do our 
best and make the time count. " Servants, (employees) 
be obedient to them that are your masters according to 
the flesh, with* fear and trembling, in singleness of 
your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as 
menpleasersj but as the servants of Christ, doing the 
will of God from the heart. 11 (Ephesians 6:5,6) This 
is not only fair but also efficient. 

Some men become very zealous about financial respons- 
ibility. We recently had a visit from a man who worked 
for a fast-growing, multi-billion dollar financial and 
insurance compary. They grow and prosper by pointing 
out inefficiency and poor investments in the insurance 


and financial programs of individual families — and 
offering them something better. The salesmen in this 

company are skilled and in earnest about helping peo- 
ple improve efficiency in finances. 

It points out the waste in our present society — 
waste of time, money, equipment, resources, effort, 
etc, But there is a waste in the world worse than any 
we have mentioned. It is the waste of human lives — 
souls of men. How many there are who are either ig- 
norant or careless regarding our obligation to serve 
God — to let Him occupy and use the human hearts and 
lives. Here are vacant temples, Idle equipment, lost 
time, buried talents. In a society so concerned about 
efficiency, you would think this waste would be noticed 
and campaigned against. Programs of education on the 
uso of the mind and developing talents for earthly pur- 
poses are on every hand. But where is the concern for 
this tremendous spiritual waste? No banners are raised 
or demonstrations are planned to persuade the govern- 
ment to do something about it. No grants are provided; 
funds are non-existant for such a purpose. 

Even we Christians need to take a hard look at the 
waste of spiritual resources in our lives. Time is run- 
ning out and there is much to do, Jesus said "Occupy 
till I come." He said, "Be not deceived." How much 
instruction; how much warning do we need? 

I would suggest several areas for all of us to in- 
vestigate and then to grade ourselves on our efficiency. 
One of these is prayer, God says it avails much. 
James recounts how Elijah prayed that it might 'not rain 
and then prayed again that the rain might come. God 
answered with a drought on Israel and then abundance 
when they turned to Him, How useful Elijah was In 
God's hands when he prayedi Paul says to "Pray without 
ceasing... 11 This means we can pray even while we do 
other things. And we should not give up. Men of the 
past facing crucial times, persecution, or important 
decisions prayed to God and fasted. May we use our 
prayer closets faithfully and not leave them vacant for 

k ". _ , THE PILGRIM 

Perhaps another wasted area would be our Bible study. 
I'm sure many are diligent in this area, but I also 
know we can be more so. Bible study is like an invest- 
ment where the "interest" grows and compounds. The 
Bible may seem dull to those who invest but little 
time. But try giving more time — investing more — and 
see your interest increase. God ! s Word is food to our 
souls. It is light to our path. Without efficiency 
in God ! s Word we are easily deceived and led astray. 
It is a waste when our Bibles lie neglected on the 


The third area I would mention is "good works." Good 
works and God T s grace are not opposites in spite of the 
controversies rarrounding them. James hints that to 
do is the only way to prove faith. Our responsibility 
in this area is certainly limited by opportunity, but 
most of us have much opportunity. Thank God for the 
good works of Christians around us. We would be dis- 
couraged indeed if we had no help, no communication, 
no participation from others. Jesus describes our ser- 
vice as feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, 
taking in the stronger, clothing the naked, visiting 
the sick and those in prison, And He says when we do 
this to one another,' we do it to Him. It adds up to 
a serving attitude. How efficient are we? Are we ab- 
sent from our service? Is there a wasted vacancy here? 

May God's grace enable us to see ourselves and just 
draw nearer to Him and to one another in love and 
peace. — L.G. 

Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve, 

And press with vigor on; 
A heavenly race demands thy zeal, 

And an immortal crown. 

A cloud of witnesses around 

Hold thee in full survey; 
Forget the steps already trod, 

And onward urge thy way. 

—Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751 



Bless the Lord, my soul: and all that is within 
me, bless his holy name. 

This has been called an exhortation to praise and 
to bless God for His mercies, r-xi exhortation is urgent 
"admonition." The writer pleads in Hebrews 13:22 for 
the saints to suffer the word of exhortation. 

Praising God is a true mountain top experience. We 
need to rise above the sordid and contaminating influ- 
ences of a wicked world, lie need to feel free of the 
pressures and. fears that oppress the minds and souls 
of men. 

Like the three disciples follow!}..-, their Lord, climb- 
ing the steeps of the mount of transfiguration, a de- 
termined effort is necessary. An effort indeed, but 
completely forgotten when we view by faith our trans^ 
figured Lord and Saviour Jesus, now risen from the 
dead. From here we may mount up like eagles on wings 

of praise and prayer, and in this eternal , joyous 
wonderland of the things of the Spirit, join with the 
hosts above in praising .God in the Spirit, 

Have we fallen Into the habit of thinking that this 
is to be an intermittant experience? A few exhilarat- 
ing moments in a Lord's Day service, after we have 
become comfortably settled in body and mind and manage 

to help "swell the chorus. 11 I bow my own head in shame 
here. Habits, we must have, but this one is all wrong. 
There is absolutely nothing that can keep a spirit- 
filled saint from praising the Lord at all times, In 
Psalm 34:1 the Psalmist declared, "His praise shall 
continually be in my mouth." If we cannot sing it, .we 
can speak It. This is the first reason for our God- 
given power of speech; i.e. That it be -used to -praise 
our eternally wonderful Lord. Of course only those 
truly born again can really tell of the Christ joy 

In this lies the key to success or defeat in the 
Christian's life, for truly the ■Jjoy .of the Lord is 
our strength." 'Ti.thout this inner joy we go down 


Quickly to defeat before the onslaughts of the enemy. 
Whether our praise is real or hypocritically assumed 
is proven by how we spend our time when all alone. We 
know/ and God and His holy angels know also. Let us 
not deceive ourselves. 

How the "sweet singer of Isrpfel" longed to lead his 
people into these heavenly pastures of living the 
praises of the Lord. He first addresses his soul. 
David has helped to make us soul conscious. Man begins 
to grow spiritually when he becomes interested in his 
soul. Pxaise is not to start in x-he mouthy but in the 
inner being, the soul. 

In the triune combination of body, soul, and spirit 
of the born-again child of God, the soul must make and 
be responsible for decision. Although so completely 
intertwined and interwoven together that we cannot tell 
the place of division, the Scriptures do teach the trin- 
ity of man. Through the Spirit we have access or affin- 
ity to the things of the Spirit, and through the nat- 
ural body, the other natural things, I realize that 
this might be told differently and no doubt:, better. 
But with the Psalmist we must always come back to the 
soul as the center of the entity of man. 

The Psalmist is not just talking to himself. There 
is a vast difference. In talking to one f s self it in- 
volves the wretched self nature which has fallen from 
its first high estate. In addressing the soul as David 
did, we approach the soul through the realm of the 

This can be done only in faith. "It is written and 
I believe it. n This opens the door for heavenly light 
to shine on the intellect and conscience. So the en- 
lightened intellect then pronounces that praising and 
blessing God is right in God's sight and should be done. 

Bat man T s tongue cannot be used to praise God unless 
ordered to do so by the will. Hero is where the real 
inner battle is fought, as man T s fallen nature claims 
the use of the tongue for its own purposes. If the 
will is for self,- praise languishes and dies before 
utterance; and spiritual victories recede and become 


as impossibilities. 

The will of the Christian must be yielded to the 
divine will of Go&j for the Holy Spirit will not share 
with the claims of the flesh. But when the will is com- 
pletely yielded to God, the Holy Spirit bears witness 
with our spirit that we are indeed tfaa children of God. 
All sufferings of "the Christian must yield and will be 
surmounted by this divine touch of God. This precious 
neavenly knowledge starts the fountain of living water 
in the inner depths of the soul. 

The Apostle Peter on the great day of Pentecost, not 
only quoted David, but shouted to- the listening crowds 
hi: 1 own soul's victory: lf There fore did my heart rejoice, 
and my tongue was glad," He now knew for himself what 
it meant and was so anxious to give out the blessed news 
of salvation. 

But David, like Paul writing in Romans 7, was not 
satisfied with a partial victory, a constant struggle 
whenevei he wished to praise. Let the fallen nature 
be what it is, there must be no slackness in the body. 
He calls to all "within. 11 All organs and members of 
the body, all feelings and powers, all senses and emo- 
tions, all qualities and functions are all to do their 
part in- this blessed employment of praising God: the 
intellect active, the yielded will giving constant or- 
ders, the Holy Spirit supreme over the spirit of man. 
Heights of ecstacjr can be reached, and poor indeed 
the child of God who has never rejoiced and exulted in 
these Heavenly pastures. Such experiences are pearls 
of great price, and we should not, in the Saviour 1 s 
language, cast them before swine, but rather guard them 
well. They should leave us humbly grateful and more 
conscious of His many blessings. 

Some of the most thankful Christians that I have ever 
seen were lying on beds of pain. They have learned 
through intense suffering to be thankful for the seem- 
ingly small things of life . These dear ones have the 
grace to reprove our own unthankfulness in a good way, 
and we usually leave with more blessings than we brought. 
-^ t fields of med-H- -Vim open up here for our pe- 


rusal. But it is imperative that we follow the Holy 
Spirit In our meditations and not try to force ourselves 
to evaluate things of the Spirit by our natural minds, 
"Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks/ 1 
"Rejoice in the .Lord alway: and again I say., Rejoice." 
■To do so puts us in tune with God's plan of creation 
that we might be used in His plan of salvation. 

On that day of Pentecost each one heard the Gospel 
in his own tongue "wherein he was born." This is clear, 
unmistakable evidence that God means His Gospel to be 
clearly understood by all men. The Apostle Paul 
larges on this point. "I will sing-I will pray with 
the Spirit and the understanding also." In this way 
the intellect becomes enriched, strengthened and more 
useful to the Holy Spirit for the task at hand. 

As the intellect is honored in its decisions of right 
and wrong, it can now carry on to other and greater 
areas. It reaches far afield into the realm of the 
Spirit to consider the places of need bo which the body 
might minister. 

As the enriched intellect considers the needs of man- 
kind, one can expect the Holy Spirit to speak to heart 
and mind through the living Word of God. 

A soul burden of service is now visualized. One ei- 
ther quickly draws the shade of unbelief and indifference 
at this point, or else accepts the challenge in faith. 
Where there is total commitment, the burden of service 
becomes a burden of prayer, a burden made "light- and 
easy" by voicing the praise of the Lord, like the ancf- 
cient Israelites were led into battle by the singing 
priests and silver trumpets. God fought their battles 
as only God can. The field of service is a wide field 
indeed. From the giving of a cup of cold water to the 
trumpeting of the Gospel to the multitudes, we will 
never know here who is doing the least or the most* 

To be holy we need to be thankful. A thankful heart 
will show through in word and deed. This is a place of 
"higher grounds" It often leads through the "valley of 
humiliation" and also through "the valley of the shadow 
of death." God desires praise from His own in the most 


lowly and most trying circumstances. Eternity alone 
will reveal the great host of overcomers, many of whom 
have sealed their testimony with their own blood, even 
down to the present day; a great host, knoivn only to 
God, Are we thankful? 

Psalm 103 is so rich in nouns and verbs, A study 
of these makes the preacher want to preach, the teacher 
to teach and the singer to sing. 

I am reminded here of an old sister who was waiting 
for the Lord to take her home. She could only talk 
with great effort. She could manage three words, and 
she said them often. We had to listen closely to get it. 
"He's so-o good. He's so-00 good, 5 ' 
" Bless the Lord, my soul: and all that. is within 
me, bless his holy name," 

Sweetest note in Seraph song, 
Sweetest name on mortal tongue, - 
Sweetest carol ever sung, 
Jesus, blessed Jesus. 

— James D, Cover 
Mode sto , California 


We often hear the remark made, "God will work it 
out-, " and "He is in control," Let's think about this 
statement for a few minutes to see how true it is. The 
Bible has outlined how each of us is to live, how the 
home is to be guided, and how the church is to be led. 
If we do things differently than what Is outlined in 
the Bible, can God work It out? Is God in control? 
God won't force us to do it His way, but He has given 
each one of us the free choice to make, either to fol- 
low Him and do as He has instructed in His Word, or to 
do something different, which is nothing else than fol- 
lowing the devil. 

Let's think of Israel imd read in the Old Testament 
of their life history,, how much they suffered, how many 
prophets God sent to them to warn them so they would 
return to Him and worship only Him. Did they do it? 


Did God force them? Did God. work everything out for 
them? Was God in control? KOI They suffered,- ■ suf- 
fered, suffered and blamed it on God^ and are still 
suffering until today. Why? Because they refused to 
listen to God and His prophets, and to' turn" their backs 
from idols and the things of this life, .and to obey 
God. We are more richly blessed than Israel because 
we have the Bible, the Holy Word of God, at our finger- 
tips at all times to read and study for ourselves. We 
don't have to depend on someone else to tell us what 
will happen if we don't follow and obey God, We have 
the Bible, which is truth, and can read it for ourselves. 

If each member of the family in our homes, each mem- 
ber in t, church follows God and obeys His Word, we 
can have harmony, the peace of God in our hearts, the 
joy of serving God and having that close relationship 
with Him as our Father and we as a son or daughter, 
and God will be in control and work everything out. 
But if we begin to say of God f s Word that this isn't 
important- and that isn't necessary to obey and begin 
to teach others the same, then we will have nothing 
but confusion in our lives, and lose the invaluable 
peace of God in our hearts, in our homes, and in the 
church. Our children and children's children will suf- 
fer too. 

Brethren and Sisters, let each one of us let God con- 
trol our lives, give our all to Him while 'we are living 
in this life. Let's obey every commandment in the Bible, 
whether small or great, that God can be in control and 
work everything out, and we can be in peace and harmony. 
Let ' s not wait until the great judgment day to let God 
work it out and be in control, as we know in the end 
God v/ill have, co n trol 3 but it might be fcob-. late;;to save 
our souls. 

— Violet Flora 
Goias, Brazil 

Let us not criticize the Bible; let the. Bible 
criticize us. —Selected 



(This short selection is from Irenaeus ! s writings 
"Against Heresies" from the Ant i«-Hic ene R .the r g . 
It teaches the harmony between the New and Old Covenants 
which some were evidently denying. -L.'C.) 


1. All things therefore are of one and the same sub- 
stance , that is, from one and the same C-od; as also the 
Lord says to the disciples: "Therefore every scribe, 
which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven, is 
like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth 
forth out of his treasure things new and old." He did 
not teach that he who brought forth the old was one, 
and he that brought forth the new, another; but that they 
were one and 'the same, For the Lord is the good man 
of the house, who rules the entire house of His 
Father; and who delivers a law suited both for slaves 
and those who are as yet undisciplined; and gives fit- 
ting precepts to those that are free, and have been 
justified by faith, as well as throws His own inhe- 
ritance open to those that are sons. And He called 
His disciples "scribes" and "teachers of the kingdom 
of heaven" 1 ' of whom also He elsewhere says to the Jews: 
"Behold, I send unto you wise men, and scribes,, and 
teachers; and some of them ye shall kill, and persecute 
from city to city," N6w, without contradiction, He 
means by those things which are brought forth from the 
treasure new and old, the two covenants; the old, that 
giving of the 2#w x^hich took place formerly; and He 
points out as the new* that manner of life required 
by the Gospel, of which David says, "Sing unto the Lord 
a new song;" and Eso.ias, "Sing unto the Lord a new 
hymn. His beginning, His name is glorified from the 
height of the earth: they declare His powers in the 
isles," And Jeremiah says; "Behold, I will make a new 
covenant, not as I made with your fathers" in Mount 
Horeb* But one and the same householder produced both 

12 : L TH E PIL GRIM ^ 

CO^tscEaxltSj the Word of God, bur Lord Jesus Christ, 
who spake with both Abraham and Moses, and who has re- 
stored us anew to liberty, and has multiplied that 
grace which is from Himself* , 

2 # He declares: ir For in this place is One greater 
than the temple." But (the words) greater and less 
are not applied to those things which have nothing in < 
common between themselves, and are of an opposite nat- 
ure, and mutually repugnant; but are used in the case 
of those of the same substance, and which possess prop- 
erties in common, but merely differ in number and size; 
v such as water from water, and light from light, and 
grace from grace. Greater, therefore, is that legisla- 
tion which has been given in order to liberty than that 
given in order to bondage; and therefore it has* also 
been diffused,, not throughout one nation (only), but 
over the whole world. For one and the same Lord, who 
is greater than the temple, greater then Solomon, and 
greater than Jonah, confers gifts upon men, that is, 
His own presence, and the resurrection from the dead; 
but He does not change God, nor proclaim another Father, 
but that very same one, who always has more to measure 
out to those of His household. And as their love to- 
wards God increases, He bsstows more and greater (gifts); 
as also the Lord said to His disciples: "Ye shall see 
greater things than these." And Paul declares: "Not that 
I have already attained, or that I am justified, or 
already have been made perfect. For we know in part, 
and we prophesy in part; but when that which is perfect 
is come^ the things which arc in part shall be done 
away." As, therefore, when that which is perfect is 
come, we shall not see another Father, but Him whom we 
now desire to see (for "blessed are the pure in heart; 
for they shall see God"); neither shall we look for an- 
other Christ and Son or God, but Him who (was born) of ' 
the virgin Mary, who also suffered, in whom too we trust, 
and whom we- love; as Esaias says: "And they shall say 
in that day, Bahold our Lord God, in whom we have 
trusted, and we have rejoiced in our salvation;" and 
Peter says in his Epistle: "Whom, not seeing, yo love; 


in whom, though now ye see Him not, ye have believed, 
ye shall rejoice with joy unspeakable; 1 ' neither do we 
receive another Holy Spirit, besides Him who is with 
us, and who cries, n Abba, Father; " and we shall make 
increase in the very same things (as now), and shall 
make progress, so that no longer through a glass, or *•■ 
by means of enigmas, but face to face, we shall enjoy 
the gifts of God; — so also now, receiving more than 
the temple, and more than Solomon, that is, the advent 
of the Son of God., we have not bean taught another God 
besides the Framer and the Maker of all, who has been 
pointed out to us from the beginning; nor another Christ, 
the Son of God, besides Him who was foretold by the 


Hebrews 12:14: "Follow peace with all men, and hol- 
iness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Gala— 
tians 6:10: "As we have therefore opportunity, let us 
do good to all men, especially unto them x\rho are of the 
household of faith," So what excuse can we have for 
not trying to seek reconciliation with our brethren of 
like faith? 


II Peter 3:9; "The Lord is not slack concerning his 
promise, as some men count slackness; but is iongsuf- 
fering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, 
but that all should come to repentance," When Jesus 
spoke of the things He would suffer, Peter rebuked Him, 
not believing that a righteous man should suffer such 
things. But Jesus rebuked Peter, telling him, he was 
following the natural reasoning of men. We see this 
reasoning prevailing in the world today. The rich nat- 
ions help the poor, but bring them into bondage by 
exacting interest and repayment. But God rules all, 
and wants to save as many as possible. 


John 14:23: "If a man love me, he will keep my 


words: and my Father will love him, and we will come 
unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth 
me not keepeth not my sayings ; and the word which ye 
hear is not mine, but the Father T s which sent mo. n 
What a marvelous plan of salvation, leaving it for us 
to be willing to hear and do what Jesus says I 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 


Again we, the members of the Wakarusa Congregation 

■ goiced that souls are still responding to the call 

;;;.f the Master. Aaron Cable received Christian baptism 

upon confession of his faith in Christ on April 28. 

May he be true to Jesus and enjoy the blessings of 

salvation forever. «-»".«"• 

— Melvxn Coning 


OBIRHOLZER - A daughter, Courtney Renee, born June 9, 
to Shane and Beth Ann Obirholzer of Goshen, Indiana. 


FLORA-MARTINS Ted Flora and Janaina de Fatima Martins 
were married March 25 in Rio Verde, Brasil, 
Their address: C. P. 130 

76200 Rio Verde, 

Goias, Brasil, South America 

MARTIN— COVER Kevin Martin and Ina Cover were married 
May 20 at Tuolumne, California. 

New address: 25600 C. R. 44, Rt. 4 

Nappanee, Indiana 46550 
(219) 862-4412 

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways 
be established. Proverbs 4:26 



"Behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with 
me at the table." (Luke 22:21) 

Can it be possible that we could betray those with 
whom we work and fellowship? We know it' is because it 
has happened. Judas, one of Jesus 1 twelve disciples, 
delivered Jesus, to His enemies. 

We may never literally do this > but what of the other 
meanings of betrayal? Have we been or are we free from 

Betra3?-al is a break of trr:-\. Are we living up to 
the trust our family and friends have in us? 

Betrayal is to fail or desert, especially in a"' time 
of need. Are we near, and willing to sacrifice our 
time:, enjoyment, and ourselves to help when there 'is 
need of work, comfort 5 warning, or encouragement? 

Betrayal is to disclose what someone had confidence 
we'd keep. Are we keeping safe the things confided to 

Betrayal is to lead astray. Those little ones and 
others who may be following our example, are we leading 
them in the way of truth? 

Betrayal 1 such a "destructive, sad experience! If 
ever it would come our way, we would do "well to. respond 
as Christ, bearing it with love for the betrayer. 

Let's lead in ways of truth! Let's stand with each 
other in times of need! Let's be trustworthy! For 
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one 'of the least of 
these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Mat,,2jx>&0 

— Miriam Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 

Watch your stej>l Whether we will it or - not, we 
cannot journey without leaving footprints; and others 
will follow where we go because we have marked the 

wa y* —Selected 



If someone would ask you who It was that was swal~ 
.lowed by a "big fish," no doubt you would all say Jonah. 
Tft e reason he was in this condition Is because he was 
running ax^ay from where God wanted him to go. 

There was another young man that God told to go to 
a certain jplace and tell the people some bad news. 
Amos was his name, imos was a young man when Jonah was 
about to finish his work on the earth. It is quite 
possible that Jonah himself told Amos about his "dark 
adventure" and why it happened. Perhaps Jonah told 
Amos to never run the other direction from where God 
wants him to go. ,onos was a herdsman or what we call 
a shepherd. He also had another job, gathering sycomore 
fruit. Hie sycomore trees then were different than ours 
today. They had wide spreading branches and offered 
excellent shade. For this reason, they were planted 
alonr- the paths where people would travel. The fruit, 
the size of a fig, grew on the trunk in clusters lik ;= 
grapes. Three or four days before it was gathered, it 
had to be squeezed, so it would be good to eat. (Take 
a small rubber ball and squeeze it with your fingers. 
This is the w< y * uos prepared the fruit.) The Lord told 
-xios to talk to the people of Israel. Amos knew the 
people would not want to hear wha* he had to tell them. 
If he thought of running the other way, he may have .1 
remembered the advice of his friend Jonah. He did not 
want to risk being swallov/ed by a "big fish". 

If we. .try to run from what Jesus wants us to do, we 
will not be swallowed by a fish, but there will be some 
"dark" times ahead of us. —Everett Oyler 

TPE PILGRIM Sonera, Calif. 

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VOL. 36 JULY & AUGUST, 1989 MPS. 7 & & 

''Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.!' / Peter 2.11 


Elijah's mantle fell upon 
Elisha plowing sod; 
And Gideon was thresh 'ng wheat 
When he was called of God. - 

To Moses and to David came 
The call when shepherding) 
For labor so befits a man 
And dignifies a king; 

The Saviour was a carpenter; .= 
The Roman's nails crashed through 
Fine ^ manly hands that, callouses 
Of homely labor knew. 

And Paul , Apostle, like his Lord, 
Had learned a trade and stands 
An honor to the working man 
T*Jho serves %dth honest hands. 

And so^ with greater gifts of grace, 
Soul, name thou to bless 
The gift of work; its fellowship 
And nigged fruit fulness. 

— Sarah Elizabeth Sprouse 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

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Outside my window I can see a broad gate and beyond 
it a downward sloping, wide driveway. Farther away, 
out of sight j is a narrow gate and beyond it a path 
leading steeply uphill. It reminds me of the two gates 
described by Jesus: one wide and leading to a broad 
way where many travel to destruction. The other gate 
is » strait" or narrow and difficult to pass through. 
I 4 - opens on a narrow way, not so well traveled, but 
leading to life. 

We could speculate much about the nature of gates 
and doors, what they do, and where they lead; but the 
teaching of the Saviour here is simple and clear. He 
is describing two entirely different ways of life and 
telling us where they take the people who travel them* 

Jesus first proposes in Matthew 7:13 that we enter 
in at the strait gate. He then describes the other 
one. This is a wide, easy access gate and a broad, 
heavily traveled road leading to destruction. His 
brief, sharp description gives us to understand that 
there are only two ways to' travel or two choices to 
make. If there seems to be a third choice where we 
might take neither gate, it is, in reality, only anoth- 
er part of that broad gate that le&ds to destruction. 

Down through the centuries there have been men who 
protested against God saying that His ways are not 
"equal" (Ezekiel 33:17-20) or fair. Why would an easy 
way lead to destruction while the only way to life 
would be narrow and the entry difficult? It is certain- 
ly fair because the truth of these matters cannot be 
changed, and it is entirely fair also because God has 
given man the free choice of gates and ways. 

In Luke 13:23,24 the Saviour makes a similar state- 
ment. Someone asked Him, "Lord, are there few that be 
saved?" His answer: "Strive to enter in at the strait 


gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, 
and shall not be able. 11 He goes on to say that some 
will" claim to have known the Lordj but He will tell 
them, "I know you not whence ye are; depart from me all 
ye workers of iniquity, " This certainly tells us that 
we will not enter that gate by simply icLshing to. The 
Saviour says to strive, which means in the original 
to struggle or endeavor. It does not just happen that 
one enters. And there will be no passes or influential 
friends to sneak us in. 

Lest we misunderstand the Scriptures, we should know 
that this does not describe how we are redeemed and 
forgiven. It describes man's part. In another dis- 
course in John 10, Jesus says, "I am the door," and, 
"I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his 
life for the sheep. 11 We do not make the door or pro- 
vide the way. That has been done on the cross- and at 
the tomb by Jesus 1 death and resurrection. But xve must 
choose; we must enter;* in fact, we must strive to enter. 

I believe Jesus is telling us about the two ways of 
life — the two directions we can go. But this principle 
seems to be true in so many aspects of the human ex- 
perience that we could refer to it as a law or princi- 
ple: "Things' valuable are not without cost." Salvation 
came at tremendous cost to Jesus. It meant His death. 
It will also mean death for us. In striving to enter, 
we are not just reformed or taught to live better lives. 
We must die to sin. Our old natures must be crucified 
and a new life must oegin. This is being born of the 
Spirit into the family of God. A birth does not just 
happen 1 

Carrying this principle into other areas can help us 
understand ourselves and the opportunities before us. 
To acquire any of the useful skills of life from farm- 
ing, to learning to read, to driving a car or truck we 
do not stroll through a wide gate. "Strait is the 
gate J" It takes effort and sweat and tears as we learn 
and try. No one can learn these lessons and skills 

for us. 

In building friendships (certainly another thing 


valuable) we find also that " Strait is the gate I" 
Friendships, in a sense , are fragile things. They must 
be handled carefully. It takes effort to create them 
and to protect them. We cannot approach friendships 
carelessly or even expecting a bargain as we would in 
a business deal. We need to give and serve and love 
as Jesus did for us. And this too does not happen 

Finally we should consider the end. Jesus said that 
the broad road leads to destruction. Carelessness 
reaps a harvest of loss and ruin. But the strait gate 
leads to life. And Jesus gives a special meaning to 
life. We call it life as long as there is breath or 
movement no matter how mangled or miserable the person 
might be. Jesus talks of life everlasting, blissful, 
and ' abundant . He is the source. He said, "la the 
way, the, truth, and the life: No man cometh unto the 
Father, but fcgr me." (Consider this statement in re- 
gards to the modern claims of validity for other reli- 
gions.) John wrote, u In him was life; and the life 
was the light of men. 11 I want that life. And no gate 
is too strait or way too narrow to make one say, "It 
is not worth the effort." Strait is the gate and nar- 
row is the way, but exceedingly valuable above all 
earthly treasures or rewards is the life eternal with 
the Lord. 

Strait is the gate and narrow the way 
That leads us to life at the close of the day. 
The broad road has many who travel therein 
But leads to destruction, sorrow, and sin. 

Strait is the gate and narrow the way, 
But bright is the hope of the pilgrim each day; 
Abundant the life, and light is the load^ 
And sweet the reward at the end of the road. 

Come travel the way with Jesus as Guide; 

He keeps us, directs us, and walks by our side. 

He never forsakes, though we may feel His rod; 

He gives us that life everlasting with God. — L.C. 



There Is a test that we do quite often in Respira- 
tory Care to determine whether a person is able to 
breathe properly or not. Vital Capacity is the amount 
of air exhaled after a very deep breath.. It is this 
volume that will determine if there is enough air-ex- 
change to maintain mrmal respiration. Definite prob- 
lems will exist if this vital capacity is low, and it 
will affect the person 1 s vital signs also, such as a 
fast breathing rate and a fast heart rate. Accurate 
ecuipnent is needed to measure this vital capacity; we 
cannot afford errors. The most accurate device for 
this measurement Is a water-sealed spirometer. Now, 
why am I writing this in a religious magazine? 

Let f s consider our spiritual Vital Capacity, What 
is it? It is that amount of Spirit "exhaled" (or ev- 
idenced) after a very deep breath of Spirit, It is 
this volume that will determine if there is enough 
Spirit-exchange (that is, exchange of our spirit with 
His Spirit) to maintain normal relationship with man- 

When things are going well and everything is nearly 
normal; the person with a low Vital Capacity can> get 
by. When conflicts come these people will have much 
difficulty with their breathing because rapid, shallow 
breathing is not efficient, and the person will event- 
ually wear-out. The person with a large Vital Capacity 
will be able to keep the spirit-Spirit exchange working 
efficiently and can keep going. 

The spirit -Spirit exchange is a very important as- 
pect of every Christian. This is the site of self- 
denial: the exchange of our selfish spirit with His 
Spirit. We know the place where this is made possible 
is in earnest prayer and the searching of His Word* 
Then the evidence of our "homework" will be made mani- 
fest in the time of conflict. 

We have the accurate measurement, The Spirometer, 
and it Is sealed by the water of His Word, Through 


our obedience and compliance to Him, our conforming, 
our denying-self attitude, we obtain greater Capacity 
to serve Him-in serving our brethren, in witnessing to 
those we meet; and in being good examples. What a 
Vital Capacity I 

Christianity is being given a "bad name' 1 by those 
who have low Vital- Capacities. (Quarrels, bickerings, 
pickings, and falling-outs within denominations and 
obstacles or walls between denominations.) Modern 
theology perhaps is the biggest offender in turning 
out "educated ministers". Their education process is 
probably elaborate and complicated, but what they turn 
out is not very complicated at all. A person I work 
wit. is an example. His view of the Hew Testament is 
this: "It is the record of Jesus T past life and that 
we should love one another." His motto is "I can get 
to heaven by doing good." His everyday life tells us 
that he doesn't have to do good all the time though. 
What a sad state to be inl 

Every Christian should have the Capacity to relate 
Christ to strangers at the slightest opportunity, pro- 
claiming and glorifying Him and identifying The Uay to 
Him. Some have the gift of this, but all have the cap- 
acity. This is a vital ministry in fulfilling our ser- 
vice to Him. 

Every Christian should have the capacity to bear 
the Fruit of the Spirit and to apply it to our person- 
to-person relationships. This is a simple prescription 
for unity, so simple that many miss it. Again, it goes 
back to that vital spirit-Spirit exchange. 

Every Christian should have the capacity to commun- 
icate effectively, clearly, and candidly. Jesus our 
example spoke in simple, clear dialogues and made ill- 
ustrations or stories to get points across. What a 
vital tool communication Isl Uhat a vital member the 
tongue isl 

Every Christian should have the capacity to listen 
and hear with an open, unprejudiced mind. If we hear 
something we T re not sure about, it is our obligation 
to pursue the subject and inquire of the speaker an 



explanation. This should be done in an apologetic 
spirit as one desiring a precise insight of the sub- 
ject; not as one desiring to label the speaker before 
finding out what his true label is. Again,, Jesus is 
our example of one who was labeled falsely,, and died 
with the false la 'Del. What a vital example He has 
given usl 

Every Christian should have the capacity to control 
his spirit. The uncontrolled spirit is a spirit not 
under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle 
Paul declares, "My speech and my preaching was not with 
enticing words of man's wisdom, HIT IN DEMONSTRATION 
OF THE SPIRIT and of power." (l Cor. 2:4) Paul iji- 
structs Timothy, n Let no i, <.n despise thy youth; but be 
thou- an example of the believers, in word, in conversa- 
tion, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. " 
(1 Tim. 4:12) 

Every Christian should have the capacity to learn; 
to never be too old to learn. To learn means to change 
if it is to follow His Word closer than we already are. 
It does not mean to change for the sake of changing, 
or because others change. We do not learn for the sake 
of learning, but because we want to learn more of His 
Way.^ Therefore, learning and changing do not necessarily 
mean greater spiritual growth, but spiritual growth- is 
a vital capacity if it is in context with His Word. 

Every Christian should have the capacity to freely 
forgive and not to harbor grudges. 

Every Christian should have the capacity to go to 
his brother or sister when offended and speak to them 
in love; learning, admonishing, exhorting, and encour- 
aging them. Likewise, every Christian should have the 
capacity to receive warning, admonition, exhortation, 
and encouragement from a brother or sister. 

These are a few vital capacities that we must exer- 
cise In, making our capacities greater to better and 
more fully serve our Lord Jesus Christ and in so doing, 
serve one another as He illustrated, "Inasmuch as ye 
have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren. . ." 
"Oh for a closer walk with God. 11 — Ronald Cable 



Some thoughts for today based oh Lamentations 1:12 

Questions for the individual 

n Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? 11 
that . . . 

your zeal and devotion to God is become cold and 

your testimony does not point others to God? 

your lovo for the brotherhood faints? 

others hurt and are lonely? 

you lack appreciation for others? 

your hungering and thirsting for righteousness is 

your burden for the lost is light? 

you do not seriously la„bor in the kingdom? 

your readiness to dio to self and lay down your life 
for others is not more evident? 

you are so impatient with others? 

you are ready to criticize and complain about others 
but slow to grasp and be stirred when God speaks 
to you? 

the importance of having a good time replaces the 
worship of God? 

you rarely consider the swiftness of tke and cert- 
ainty of death and judgment? 

your lack of compassion and caring could cause some- 
one to be discburaged and give up? 

the sacrifice of Jesus' life has too little effect 
on your, life? 

the judgments of God produce so little fear in your 

Questions for the Church 

"Is it nothing to you, all ye- that pass by? n 
that . . . 

so many people have been and are hurting and frus^- 

trated by Satan 1 s devices and misunderstandings 

in the church? 


the young are confused and discouraged by incon- 
sistent example? 
growing pressure from the world system produces its 

cancerous effects, but does not .alavTa you? 
too many other things are more important than peace 

and harmony in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? 
that the cries of the elderly affect you so little? 
your happiness is always primary and the happiness 

of others always secondary? 
that your behavior may have marred or is marring 
the brotherhood and could separate 3^ou from God? 

— John D. Sauder 

Sel. from The Golden Chain 


liy earthly plans were made; I thought 

my path all clear, 
Ily heart j with song o'er flowed: the world 
seemed full of cheer, 
My Lord I wished to serve, to take Him 

for my guide, 
To keep so close that I could feel Him 
by my side, 
. And so I traveled ont 

But suddenly, in skies so clear and full 

of light, 
The clouds fell thick and fast; the day-- 

seemed changed to night. 
Instead of paths so clear and full 

of things so sweet, 
Rough things and thorns and stones seemed 

all about my feetj 

I scarce could travel oni 

I bowed my head and asked why now this change 

should come . 
And murmured, "Lord, is this because of 

what I've done?" 


Has not the path been full enough of pain 

and care? 
Why should my .path again be changed 
to dark from fair?" 
Bat still I traveled on! 

I listened quietly and then there came 

a voice, 
"This path is mine, dear child, not yours; 

I made the choice • 
T Tis sure this way will be the best 

for you and me." 

And so we traveled oni 

"... by his light I walked through darkness; 11 (Job 29:3) 

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall 
stand at the latter day upon the earth t u (Job 19:25) 

— Selected by Susie Coning 


Each year we have different seasons: 
Spring;, Summer , Pall; and Winter. 

There are seasons of life: Babes, Youth, 
Mid-life and Old age. 

I write of the spiritual seasons. These 
do not follow in succession .asv.seasons 
of the year. 

Sometimes there is a season when things seem 
so fresh, so lush, so green, so bursting as 
buds and their beauty. This can be called 
the Springtime. 

There are times of Harvest. Food for the Soul 
is so plenteous, so filling, so satisfying. 


There may be a dry season. It takes endurance 
to exist. It takes special prayer, special 
care. Though things seem so scarce, we must 
glean for the good. 

In winter all looks so dormant. I'm so glad, 
though unseen, there is life in the roots. 

It r s Christ that gives the life-giving flow] 
though we in patience have to bear and wait, 
we need not die. These times and seasons, I 
want to rest in the Lord. 

— Rhoda M. Sollenborger 
Selected by Elma Moss 


In Matthew 18:3, Jesus said, "Verily I say unto you, 
Except ye be converted, and become as little children, 
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 11 This 
is one of the more positive statements Jesus made. We 
remember the thousands of little children that Herod 
was allowed to slay: they were called to Heaven at the 
start of Jesus' coming into this world, so they must 
occupy a very important place in Heaven. In our time 
there may be more innocent children entering Heaven 
than converted adults. 

• • 


Hebrews 5:8: Though He were a Son, yet learned he 
obedience by the things which he suffered. So it seems 
there are some things we have to really experience to 
learn. If Jesus needed to suffer to learn obedience, 
should we object to enduring some things to obtain a 
better understanding? 

— Ernest Wagner 



ORA SAMUEL SKILES, SR. was born November 16, 1897, 
near Rossville, Indiana, to Daniel V* Skiles and Leah 
(Metzger). There he grew to young manhood with his 
five brothers and three sisters. 

In his early years he accepted the Lord as his Sav- 
iour and served the Lord faithfully and joyfully 
throughout his life. 

In 1923 he went to California where he met and later 
married his wife Alice (Cover), to whom he was married 
66.. years. Into this Christian home were born Ora, Jr. 
of Modesto, California; JJita (Alf) of Wee Waa, Austral- 
ia; Father (Boone) of Dubbo, Australia; Daniel Clinton 
of Saiioa Rosa, California; and David of Cuba, New Mex- 

They began their married life farming in Indiana. 
They resettled in California in 1932, where they raised 
their family on Standiford Avenue, Modesto. 

He was called to the ministry and eldership in the 
Dunkard Brethren Church and was happy to preach the 
message of Christ for nearly 25 years. 

He had community interests and served as a trustee 
of the Prescott School Board for many years ♦ He was 
active in the Christian Businessmen's Association and 
was a supporter and active worker of the Modesto Gos- 
pel Mission. He served on the General Mission Board of 
the Dunkard Brethren Church and at the Torreon Navajo 
Mission in Mew Mexico. He had a burden for the lost 
and was an avid personal worker to win the lost to 

He is survived by his loving x^ife Alice, his child- 
ren, 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, three 
brothers: Aaron of Wakarusa, Indiana-; Joe of Goshen, 
Indiana; and John Ezra of Elkhart, Indiana, pm sisters: 

Lydia (Eller) and Alma (Rule), both of Rossville, 
Indiana, as well as a host of other relatives and 
friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a 
sister Ida (Brovont) and two brothers: Noah, of Ross- 
ville, Indiana > and Marvin of Farmland, Ohio. 

His wishes to be with the Lord were fulfilled July 


17, 1989. Services were conducted at the Pleasant Hone 
Dunkard Brethren Church July 20 by Elder Rudy Cover 
and Brother Michael Wray. A message was brought from 
Psalm 1. Hymns used were "Jerusalem, My Happy Home/ 1 
"We Speak of the Realms of the Blest," and "The Un- 
clouded Day." Burial v^s at the Wood Colony Cemetery, 
conducted by Elder Leslie Cover. 

His family wishes to express their thanks and ap- 
preciation for the many expressions of love and help 
during their Father ' s illness and death. 

ROBERT "ROBBY" JOHN SUTTON, six, of Rogue River, Oregon, 
died June 11 in Medford after falling from a tree at 
his family's home. A memorial service was held at 
Calvary Crossroads. 

Robby was a native of Hanford, California, and lived 
in Modesto and Escalon before moving to Rogue River 
in 1988. 

He is survived by his parents, Robert R. and Linda 
Sutton of Rogue River; one brother, Ricky Sutton of 
Rogue River; his grandparents, John and Ella Arnette 
of Escalon, and Bob and Alice Sutton of Fresno; his 
great-grandparents, Ernest Wagner of Modesto, and Henry 
and Valentina Banuelos of Lemoore. 

"And we know that all things work together for good 
to them that love God, to them who are the called 
according to his purpose." — Romans 8:28 

"Our hearts are heavy and our family seems incomplete 
since our Heavenly Father has called Robby Home. It is 
simply too painful to write each person individually. 
We so appreciate your loving concern, prayers., calls, 
and gifts. God sends friends and relatives as a bless- 
ing, and we thank you for helping us through our sorrow. 

"Robby had accepted Jesus as his personal Savior, and 
we take comfort in knowing he is in the Lord's care and 
a treasure in Heaven to anchor our hopes on when it's 
our time. Vie look forward to the day when we will be 
reunited as a family." xn Christian love, 

Bob, Linda, and Ricky Sutton 



We, the members of the, Eastern District of the Old 

Brethren, have appointed September 30 and October I, 

the Lord willing, for our Fall Love feast Coimnunlon to 

be held at our meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. 

Vie extend a hearty invitation to all our members and 

friends to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 


Merideth Cable . 23206" St. Rd.119 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 
(219) 862-3991 


BLOCKER— WAGNER Craig Blocher and Linda Wagner were 
married August 5, 1989> at Greenville, Ohio. 
New Address: 145 Woode.ns Rd* 

New Paris, Ohio 45347 
(513) 437-1683 


WALKER - A daughter, Janna Marion, born April 29 to 
David and Carrie Walker of Waterford, California. 

ROIER - A daughter, Leah Beth, born June 19 to Joe and ' 
Elizabeth Royer of Mishawaka, Indiana. 

BRUBAKER - A daughter, Harmony Grace, born July 24 to 
Stanley and Janice Brubaker of Goshen, .Indiana. 

COVER - A son, Tyler Boone, born July 25 to David and 
Rosemary Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

BOWMAN - A daughter, Abbie Elizabeth, born August 1 to 
Jerry and Janelle Bowman of Tipp City, Ohio. 


Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the 
word of truth. —II Timothy 2:15 

School is starting again soon* But most of you young 
people are out of school. Many have jobs and perhaps 
will never again have formal schooling. But this does 
not mean that your education must stop. We are constant- 
ly learning if we are aware of what goes on around us. 

Most of us attended school for eight or ten years or 
more. In school much of our time was spent learning how 
to learn. Reading, spelling, language, writing, and 
even some history, social studies, and math teach us 
how to learn. In school we are given "learning tools' 1 
and skills to use all our lives. In fact, after school 
comes the time to study the things most interesting and 
useful to us. 

In the days before public schools, one of the foremost 
reasons for young people to learn to read was to be able 
to read the Word of God. It is no less important today. 
We should use the tools we received in school to learn 
and understand God's. Word. 

We all benefit from people who., take time to study 
well, and especially those who specialize in a certain 
area. Devoted Bible students like those who translated 
the Word and doctors who help us x^ould be some exanples. 
You too can specialize in your study. Perhaps you want 
to study to know the life of Jesus on earth. Or you 
might become well acquainted with the early church or 
later church history. The geography of Bible glands is 
a rewarding study. Whatever you study, may you do it 
well and for God's glory and Kingdom. 

Another reason for continued Bible study is that we 
might be able to answer the many questions that are 
asked us by sincere people. An honest question deserves 
a good answer, and we are to be ready to give a reason 
for the hope that we have. (See I Peter 3:15) 

May we never cease to study the good. things of God 
and the world He has made. — L.C. 


Summertime is a busy time, but we like to take time 
to visit the 200. Watching the lions fascinates me. 
They walk so slowly back and forth looking out over the 
people. It looks like they are trying to find a hole 
to get out. Next tijne you watch the lions, think about 
how the Bible describes the old devil: "As a roaring 
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, !! 
(1 Peter 5:8) If that old liom would find a hole, he 
wouldn't care whom he caught. That is the way Satan 
is; he doesn't care whom or how he destroys -—anything 
to keep us from doing good. When I was younger I 
thought lions were roaring while seekirr; their prey. 
Now we realize if this x^ere so, the smaller animals 
would hide. They creep silently among the trees and 
shadows. Realizing too late, the helpless one is cap- 
tured. After the lion has made his kill, he roars vdth 

Eve was deceived by the serpent. God told Eve that 
they could eat of every tree, except the tree of know- 
ledge of good and evil. God said they would die if 
they ate. The old serpent told Eve they wouldn't die. 
I believe the reason Eve ate is because she wanted to. 
She didn't want to listen to God. If she would have 
told the old deceiver, "What God says, I believe", she 
wouldn't have been tempted. When she ate and gave to 
Adam was when the devil ro*>?©d with triumph. It is 
dangerous to want to do something that we know we 
shouldn't. If we want to do good, and are doing our 
best, the "lion" has no power over us at all. Jesus 
has promis * to always be at our side to help fight 
the lions. — Everett Qyler 


Sonora, Calif. 
19201 Cherokee M % 
Tuolumne, Calif. -95379 


VOL. 36 SEPTEMBER, 19^9 NO, 9 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter2:n 


Fierce raged the tempest o ! er the deep, 
Watch did Thine anxious servants keep, 
'But Thou wast wrapped in guileless sleep, 
Calm and still. 

"Save J Lord, we perish,' 1 was their cry, 
"0 save us in our agony I" 
Thy word above the storm rose high, 
. "Peace, be still. " 

The wild winds hushed; the angry deep 
Sank, like a little child to sleep; 
The sullen billows ceased to leap, 
At Thy will. 

So, when our life is clouded o'er, . 
And stormwinds drift us from the shore, 
Say, lest we sink to rise no more, 
"Peace, be still." 

—Godfrey Thring (I86l) 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


"May I ask you a personal question? 11 The words 
came from a friendly-looking man as we were visiting 
a neighboring community* 

"Of course," we replied. 

"Who are you? What is your belief? Why do you ap- 
pear the way you do? Are you Amish? Some of us inside 
were wondering." 

"No, we are Brethren, We are Christians from one oi 
the Brethren churches. . .with much in common with Amish 
and Mennonites but with a separate history..." The 
scene is repeated many times in varied forms. 

"We are Brethren." What does this mean to us? It Is 
a term from the Bible and can hold much meaning — espe- 
cially If we really are Brethren in the Lord. 

In the early days of this part of the Christian 
Church, our forefathers (like so many. others) were re- 
luctant to give themselves a najne but wanted to be known 
simply as brethren. This term has found its way into 
the names of most of the groups descending from these 

The word "brethren" is often misspelled and is really 
an outdated term in the x^orld. The plural now of 
"brother" is "brothers." In our usage we have mostly 
used "brothers" to mean family members and reserved 
the term "brethren" for a spiritual bond or brotherhood. 
We use it here to mean not only those in the "Brethren" 
church but all Christians — brethren in Christ. 

What does it mean to be brethren? The first charac- 
teristic I think of is that brethren have the same 
Father. When we are born again int® the fSB&ly of God 
and become members of Jesus Christ, we are sons and 
daughters of God. What a privilege! As the song says, 
"I T m a child of the King." And as a child of this King 
of Kings, we have many brethren and sisters. 


When we are brethren and have the same Father we 
are very much alike . Children in a family bear family 
resemblances and act and talk like others of that fam- 
ily. We have the same heritage and the same outlook 
and prospect. Though each in a family may be somewhat 
different, still we do not see Oriental or Negro fea- 
tures from English parents* Christians should bear 
some resemblance to Jesus Christy and as we grow older 
we should be more and more like Him and consequently, 
more like our brethren. 

Brethren have the same training. We are taught 
from the same Book by the same Master Teacher. We be- 
come followers of J^sus Christ. It is no wonder we 
can aspire to "all i;peak the same thing, and that there 
be no division among (us); but that (we) be perfectly 
joined together in the same mind and in the same judg- 
ment.' 1 (I Corintians 1:10) Under the 'influence of the 
same Spirit, brethren begin to think alike. They rec- 
ognize each other and like to get together. Their 
tf hopes and fears" are the same. 

Brethren are on the same level without one above 
another. Though our human natures would deceive us 
into desiring power and influence over others and en- 
joying the praise and service of men, still as brethren 
we know this cannot be. Jesus said (Matthew 23:8-11)., 
"But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, 
even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man 
your. father upon the earth: for one is your Father, 
which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: 
for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is 
greatest among you shall be your servant." We know 
that though we are equal in God's sight, we have "gifts 
differing according to the grace that is given to us." 
To know that we brethren and sisters are of equal value 
should encourage love and respect among us. It should 
never be an excuse to remain inactive or untrained be- 
cause someone of less opportunity might be that way* 

Brethren like reunions. I have noticed that usually 
as long as the parents are alive, brothers and sisters 


get together more or less regularly. My mother always 
enjoyed to have all the family together and was sad if 
one were missing. Our Father is alive and loves His 
children, and though we can assemble to worship and 
fe ll owship here , the number is always incomplete. Some- 
day, though, there will be a glad reunion of all the 
brethren from every land and from every age and no one 
will be missing. There and then and for eternity we 
will praise and love and wonder and adore our Heavenly 
Father who loved us and gave Himself for us. 

Praise God that we can look forward to the reunion 
time and meanwhile live as brethren and sisters in 
Christ, encouraging and strengthening each other "in 
every good word and work." 

"Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed 
for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my 
dearly beloved." — Paul in Philippians 4:1 — L.C. 


On the day that we publicly confessed Christ as our 
Lord and Saviour and were baptized in the river, as 
the Bible teaches, the minister read Matthew IS until 
the 23rd verse and explained it. He asked us if we 
would willingly follow this and obey it as Jesus taught. 
We all answered that we would. Now, I wonder why we 
don't do it; why we don't fulfill what we promised to 
do? Remember these are the words of Jesus. Ve-rse 15 
says, "Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against 
thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him 
alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy 
brother." If we are children of God, we do as the Bi- 
ble teaches. We fast and pray and go to our brother 
or sister in humbleness and meekness and tell them we T ve 
come because we love them and mean it from the bottom 
of our hearts. They have souls that are more valuable 
than the whole world and we should show them by the 
Scriptures where they have sinned or done us wrong. 
Vie need to tell them x^e are human and not perfect but 


make mistake s, and we want them to treat us the -same 
way to help us on our way to heaven. According to hum- 
an nature j it's easier to talk about it behind their 
backs , tell others about what happened, keep the hurt 
feeling inside. Are we serving our spiritual nature 
and following God's commands or are we going to live 
in the flesh and serve the devil? Remember there is t m 
middle road; we are either serving God and doing all 
He asks us to do, or we are serving Satan. 

John 13:34-35: n A new commandment I give unto you., 
That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye 
also love one another. By this shall all men know that 
ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. 11 
Isn't this showing true love to our brother or sister 
to rebuke him for his sin so that we all might walk 
closer to our heavenly Father and help each other on 
our way to Glory? 

It works if we do it this way. How do I know? God 
told us to do it that way, and it T s been proven. If 
we try to do anything contrary to the teachings of the 
Bible, it won't work because it's the way of Satan. A 
lot of problems could be solved if we lived and prac- 
ticed Matthew IS as we promised we would do. We have 
to have the Spirit of God within us to be able to go 
to our brother or sister, and if we've fasted and prayed 
and asked God's guidance and leading, we won't have a 
great big feeling within us either but will truly be 
meek and humble. 

Verses 16 and 17 says, "But if he will not hear the^e, 
then take with thee one or two more, that, in the mouth 
of two or., three witnesses, every word- -may be established. 
And if he neglect to hear them, tell it unto the .church: 
but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto 
thee as an heathen man and a publican." 

The minister explained that lying, stealing, forn- 
ication, adultery, and murder were to be told directly 
to the church as this isn't a brother to brother pro — 
lent; It's a sin against God. So we all promised to do 
that. Do we do it? The church is then to do as I Cor. 
5:11-13, "But now I have written unto you not to keep 


company, if any man that is called a brother be a for- 
nicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or 
a drunkard, ar an extortioner; with such, an' one no not 
to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that 
are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 
But them that are without, God judgeth. Therefore put 
away from among yourselves that wicked person. " 

Let us look into our lives and hearts. Are we going 
to do it like Jesus commanded us to do it and like we 
promised before God and the witnesses; or are we going 
to take the way of the devil and say it isn't necessary 
to do it that way? Do we love -our souls and our broth- 
ers and sisters enough to help each other on our path- 
way to eternal life, or will we all go to eternal dam- 
nation? Remember, if we don't obey all the commands 
of God and His Holy Word, how terrible it will be when 
we pass to eternity and at the great judgement gate we 
will hear God say, "Depart from me; I never knew you 1 ."' 

— Violet flora 

Rio Verde, Goias, Brazil 


My friend Keith, a meat cutter, works on Sunday. 
He does not like it, and he does not understand why 
he has to work in the morning when hardly anyone shops. 
But then noon comes, and the store fills with people 
wearing their Sunday best straight from church. 

r, It'c. a shame when Christians have to work on Sun- 
day," a member of Keith's church once said to him at 
the meat counter. Keith held his anger, but what he 
wanted to shout was, "If Christians wouldn't shop on 
Suiday, Christians wouldn't have to work on Sunday." 
j There was a time when almost everyone believed that 
people needed a weekly respite from the hurly-burly of 
buying and selling; one day you could count on for rest > 
family, and worshiping with the people of God. In the 
195^' smy mother knew Sunday was coming, and she planned 
for it. Buying the roast and carrots was a Saturday 
routine, as much a part of our preparation for Sunday 


as the evening baths. 

Of -course, blue laws made this sort of planning nec- 
essary: everything was closed on Sundays. Those times 
have been trod under by our desire for convenience. 
We have gained a shopping day, but weTiave lost much 
more. For Keith, as well as for millions of other 
uorkexs who must serve seven-day-a-week consumerism, we 
have sold out Sunday. 

Is Sunday as a day of rest still relevant? God's 
creation of the Sabbath established more than just a 
pattern of work and rest; it established the values of 
community, freedom, and redemption. The Sabbath min- 
istered to basic human needs — physical, emotional, and 
spiritual. The Lord's da^. is designed to meet those 
ssme needs. It embodies eternal values. .It offers a 
respite from chronic materialism. It offers a chance 
to regain our bearings as we gather as a body of be- 
lievers and witness to the truth of the resurrection. 
"Any day can be the Lord's day," a Christian store 
manager once told me, "If Sunday Isn't available to 
us, we can spend another day with the Lord. 1; While he 
is not strictly wrong, his advice neglects an .improtant 
part of the Lord's day. 

The day is also a symbol that declares we need each 
other. We need a time that brings us out of our isola- 
tion and into the gathered community of the people of 
God. The store manager's words are a reflection of 
our culture's individualism, so ingrained in each of 
us that we have applied it to our faith and dismembered 
the body of Christ, 

The selling of Sunday cannot be blamed solely on 
greedy merchants, gutless employees, or materialistic 
non-Christians. Much of the blame must be shouldered 
by the Christians. 

Our shopping malls are filled on the Lord's day with 
Christians who must be served by other Christians. One 
corporate executive told me that Sunday is now the sec- 
ond-busiest retail day of the week. People must work 
on Sunday because so many people shop on Sunday. 

We need not return to blue laws to restore the Lord's 


day. We share society with those who place no special 
value on Sunday; certainly as mature Christians, w.c 
can live out our values without the clout of secular 
laws. We need only to make a choice not to chop on 
Sunday — not as a boycott , but as an act of consider- 
ation for the Lord and for those who otherwise must 
serve us. 

God gave us one day in seven to serve our deepest 
needs. Yet, like Esau, we are now willing to sell our 
birthright rather than suffer a momentary discomfort. 

Just because we can shop on Sunday does not mean we 
must shop on Sunday. We can choose to step beyond the 
economic struggle to a resting place. Surely we can 
plan our lives to allo-.r one day to stand as a symbol 
of our highest values. Sunday is the day to declare 
our independence of anything that is not of God. 

— Judith Loback 


When I was a boy, going to church services was al- 
ways a special thing at our house. Whatever was our 
oest, we put it on. Shoes were shined on Saturday eve- 
ning out on the back porch; all was made ready for Sim- 
lay. Trousers x^rere pressed and shirts were starched. 
Dresses and blouses were ironed to perfection. We were 
going to worship God. It was special, so our attire 
was also special. It is a reproach on our generation, 
I believe, when some dress for worship as if they are 
3oing fishing, camping, or just "hanging around," We 
have gone crazy over being casual about nearly every- 
thing. Worshipping God is not and cannot be casual. 
31ue jeans, T-shirts, tennis shoes, and denim jackets may 
nave their proper place, but we associa/te them with 
the ordinary and not with the special. 

- — J . Wiley Adams 

Both articles selected from 
Pulpit Helps • published by 
AMG International 



We walked alone in the forest. 
Little Danny and I, 
And the thunder crashed above us, 
And the storm-clouds hid the sky; 
The lightning was wild and angry; 
The wind gusts fierce and strong] 
The trees bowed and shook around us 
As we hurried our steps along, 

I saw by the lightning flashes 

Thai his face was frightened and white y 

And his eyes were wide with wonder 

At the terror of the night ; 

The owl called out in the darkness j 

The crows sulked away in the pines; 

I felt Danny's little hand tremble 

As I held it close in mine. 

"Are you afraid?" I asked him. 

"And are you going to cry?" 

But the little fellow answered, 

"I'll never cry, not I." 

He drew back his little shoulders; 

Bravely did he stand 

He said, "I'm afraid of nothing 

So long as you hold my hand." 

I thrilled at his childish trusting, 
And I thought of the path I tread; 
How the spectres rise around- me, 
And the clouds are black o'erhead; 
How the shadows lie so thickly 
That the path I cannot see; 
And I longed for a hand to hold to 
As Danny held to me. 


Then I thought of my Heavenly Father; 
I thought of His watchful care; 
That when I need Him by me 
I always find Him there; 
And I softly said j "Dear Father, 
When the storms are raging wild, 
Let me cling to Thy hand more closely 
With the faith of a little child. 
— David W. Lehigh 

Selected by Susan R. Coning 



Luke 21:33: "Heaven and earth shall pass away: 
but my words shall not pass away. " So we understand 
the only thing we retain of this temporal life is the 
Word of God. When we first become interested in read- 
ing it, It seems to us a very large book, and to think 
of reading all of it seems too much. But if we are 
willing to let the Spirit work in our hearts, it soon 
becomes very interesting and all belongs there. 


Romans 8:28: "And we know that all things work to- 
gether for good to them that love God, to them who are 
the called according to his purpose." The book of Job 
brings out the natural reaction of the human nature of 
man to God T s working to help a man attain to a better 
life. God has no joy in punishing the wicked, but He 
does rejoice to see His children make an improvement. 
As we see, Job and his friends were reunited to wor- 
ship God. Peter didn't believe Jesus should suffer 
any affliction. Jesus rebuked Peter for allowing Sa- 
tan to use him to discourage Jesus from following God 1 s 
purposes. After His resurrection, Jesus reasoned with 
the two disciples as they walked saying, "Ought not 
Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into 
His glory?" So we see the Lord is fitting us for the 


glory of Heaven, and if we are willing, He will show 
us His glory , and we will be with Him in Glory. 


God said in Jonah 4:11, "And should not I spare Nin- 
eveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixseore 
thousand persons that cannot discern between their 
right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle? 11 
So we see every person is precious to God. lie find in 
Revelation the most dangerous attitude, we can take is 
to think we have need of -nothing, God will work to 
bring man to repentance 'as long as there is hope. In 
the closing days of this great Babylon in Whici; we 
live, even under great plagues, man will not .vepent. 


Psalm 139:23-24: "Search me, God, and know my 
heart: try me, and know my thougnts: And see if there 
be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way ever- 
lasting." So we should understand our life here is a 
very busy time of trial and preparation to prepare to 
enjoy Everlasting Life in. Heaven. 


Job's reply to Satan 1 s first device was, "Naked 
came I out of my mother 1 s womb, and naked shall I re- 
turn thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken 
away; blessed be , the name of the Lord. "(Job 1:21) 
Jesus told Peter; " Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath 
desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, 
but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not, 
and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." 
Sa we see there Is a great struggle between Jesus and 
Satan, with Jesus winning the final victory. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 



John Wycliffe was one of the boldest defenders of 
Bible teachings in late Medieval England. Wycliffe 
stood against many of the errors of Roman Catholic 
teaching. He warned people of the church 1 s sinful wor- 
ship of Mary and the saints. He also fearlessly 
preached against useless church ceremonies, especially 
the Roman Catholic communion service, called the mass. 

Wycliffe attracted numerous followers who shared 
his convictions. He and his followers held many con- 
victions other reformers would hold over one hundred 
y \;.rs later. For this reason, Wycliffe has been called 
zhe "Morning Star of the Reformation." 

"This lore (teaching) that Christ taught us Is 
enough for this life..." declared Wycliffe to a large 
audience of university students, professors, and church 
leaders . 

Such a statement naturally shocked the proud scholars 
who loved to quote famous church leaders and educated 
men of the past. Some even claimed the writings of 
saintly men were equal with the Bible itself. 

Bat John Wycliffe was convinced the Bible alone 
should be man ! s guidebook of faith and Christian living. 

Again and again this preacher, who. dared to put the 
Bible above all other learning, challenged his friends 
as well as his enemies. "Find Bible support, if you 
can, for every Roman Catholic teaching," was his chal- 
lenge. Of course, no one found Bible support for man- 
made teachings. 

According to Wycliffe the ceremonies, prayers, and 
pardons of the church were useless for salvation. He 
emphasized the necessity of a godly life. 

Wycliffe preached nuch on godly living. He declared 
that the godly life was absolutely necessary for a per- 
son to have a right relationship with God and be a true 

We have no record of what Wycliffe taught about the 
new birth. But we do know that trying to live a godly 


life without first receiving Christ as Lord and Sav- 
iour is useless. Without Christ as Lord, no one can 
live the kind of godly life Wycliffe preached about. 

Wycliffe attacked the church ! s notion that the bread 
and wine of the mass became Christ's flesh and blood 
when the priest blessed it. Wycliffe felt that the ' 
mass is a useless (and false) miracle performed many 
times a day, often by the lowest type of priest, 

English church leaders rose in protest against what 
they called "Wycliffismy 11 For their whole church was 
built upon the twin errors of infant baptism and the 
mass. Now Wycliffe threatened the errors of the mass. 
Priests knew they could better control the people if 
they could boast of their power to turn bread into 
flesh and wine into blood i 

Christians ever since the 1300' s have remembered 
Wycliffe for his daring stand against the error in the 
church and for his stand on the Bible. But his most 
famous and probably most important work was translating 
the Bible into English. 

Bibles in medieval England were scarce. A few of 
the rich had parts of the Bible in French. Churdh 
leaders had Bibles in Latin, the language used in the 
Roman Catholic Church. But common people understood 
neither French nor Latin. 

Congregations with complete copies of the Bible usu- 
ally had them chained to the church pulpits. This pre- 
caution kept thieves from easily carrying off the val- 
uable copies. This way, priests could also make sure 
that not just anybody could get his hands on the Bible 
and read it for himself. 

In our day of many Bibles, you may find it hard to 
understand why church leaders would be so opposed to 
Bible reading. But church leaders of the 1300 T s could 
make people believe almost anything. The priest inter- 
preted the Bible for the people. However, if Bibles 
had been available for everyone, people could have seen 
for themselves that many Roman Catholic teachings were 
not to be found in God's Word. People might read the 
Bible, church leaders feared, and no longer bcliovo 

14 THE PILGRIM ■ _ __ 

the church or its leaders. 

Wycliffe, on the other hand, belived God*s Word 
should not remain only in the hands, of the rich or the 
educated. He believed the Scriptures should be in the 
language of the man on the street. Englishmen could 
then read the Bible or have it read to them in the 
only language they could understand. 

Wycliffe used a Latin Bible as he carefully trans- 
lated it into English. This was the first time the 
English people had the entire, Bible in their own lan- 
guage. People who wanted to know what the Bible taught 
could understand it without having to rely on what some 
priest claimed it taught. 

English churchmen hate..: Wycliffe for his emphasis 
on the inportance of God*s Word. Of course , they made 
every effort to keep anyone from copying the new trans- 

Wycliffe himself never lived to see many copies 
made of his translation. He died of a stroke in 1381. 
After his death, church leaders continued to hate his 
very memory. One English bishop called the translator 
"that miserable, pestilential John Wycliffe,.. son of 
the old serpent , forerunner and disciple of the anti- 
christ. " 

In the early 1400* s church leaders had Wycliffe's' 
body dug up and burned. They threw the ashes into a 
river. However, destroying Wycliffe <s body did not 
destroy his work. Wycliffe f s followers took up. the 
work of carrying the Bible to the English people. 

By Roger Berry in God's World — His Story 
Christian Light Publications 

We have appointed September 30 and October I for our 
fall Love feast near Wakarusa, Indiana, the Lord willing. 
We invite members, friends, and all to attend. 

— Melvin Coning 
Maple, Ontario , Canada — September 17 

Sail da ^California — November 4 & 5 



A young man sent us this poem after he had decided 
to give his heart to the Lord. It is our prayer and 
desire that others .can also see their need to make Jesus 
Lord of all. 


All my tomorrows, 

All my past; 

Jesus is Lord of all. 

I quit the struggle, 

Contentment at last: 
Jesus is Lord of all. 

All my longings, 

All my dreams; 

Jesus is Lord of all. 



All my failures, 
His poxtfers redeemed.; 

Jesus is Lord of all. 


All my possessions., 
And all my .life; 
Jesus is Lord of all. 

The King of Kings 
The Lord of Lords 
Jesus is Lord of ALLL 

—-Bill Gaither 

• With our prayers for those youth who still Struggle 
to make Jesus Lord of ALL. 

— Everett and Nancy Oyler 
New Paris, Indiana 


Once there was a little boy whose daddy was captain 
of a big boat. He wanted to be a captain someday. He 
wanted a little boat of his own, so he made one. He 
was careful and made it just like his daddy's. When 
the boat was finished, he put it on the water. He en- 
joyed watching it bounce up and down with the waves. 
One day a big wave took the boat far out in the sea* 
The little boy looked several days for the boat but 
couldn T t find it. One day while looking in a store win- 
dow, he saw his little boat. He told the storekeeper 
he wanted that boat because it was his: he had made 
it. The storekeeper just laughed and said he would 
have to buy it back if he wanted it. Finally he saved 
enough money to buy back his boat. Can't you imagine 
how happy he was to have his own boat back again? 

God made man to look like Himself. He was well 
pleased. Man was placed in the garden to keep it look- 
ing nice. In the cool of the day, God and man walked 
and talked together, God, like the little boy., enjoyed 
the work of his hands. One day something happened. 
fen was lost from his Maker. God had to drive him £rom 
%be beautiful garden. The little boy was sad when he 
lost his boat. God was also very sad. Even though ^k)d 
made man, Jesus had to die on the cross. This was the 
only way to save man. There are men and women that 
still have nothing to do with Jesus. Let's all be like 
the little boat that was lost — glad to be back in our 
Make r ' s hand s . — Eve re tt Oyle r 


Sonora, Calif. 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL, 36 OCTOBER, 1989 NO. 10 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:77 


See the leaves around us falling, 
Dry and withered to the ground: 

Thus to thoughtless mortals calling, 
In a sad and solemn sound: 

Youth on length of days presuming, 
Who the path of pleasure tread; 

View us, late in beauty blooming, 
Numbered now among the dead. 

What though yet no losses grieve you, 
Gay with health and many a grace; 

Let not cloudless skies deceive you; 
Summer gives to autumn place. 

Yearly in our course returning, 
Messengers of shortest stay; 

Thus we preach this truth concerning, 
Heaven and earth shall pass away. 

On the tree of life eternal, 

Let our hopes of heaven be laid! 

This alone, forever vernal, 

Bears a leaf that shall not fade. 

Hymn 378 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


All was quiet and still October 17 as I sat cor- 
recting papers after school. The meetinghouse base- 
ment has walls and floor of concrete , and we think of 
it as s solid place — a good foundation for the build- 
ing above it and a sturdy, quiet place for a school- 
room. Suddenly the doors began to rattle , and the 
"solid" room began to swing and sway. It was not an 
unpleasant sarking, but it was definitely an earthquake ♦ 
I had the feeling that in some places it might be much 

News soon poured in of the worst disaster in the 
San Francisco Bay Area since the 1906 earthquake and 
fire when a Richter reading of 8.6 was recorded. (This 
one reached 7*0.) Many lost their Uvea as apartments 
and bridges collapsed. Damage ran to billions of dol- 
lars. How fragile we are I How quickly our routine, 
plodding world can be upset 1, How it disturbs any 
confidence in the durability of earthly things. 

Why? For what purpose are the disasters — floods, 
fires, earthquakes, and accidents that shatter our 
peace and interrupt our plans? The Saviour foretold 
them, and, one thing sure, God controls them. Our 
part is to learn frpm them. For if God loves mankind, 
if He controls the earth 1 s convulsions, and if He is 
acutely aware of our needs (and we know He is), then 
there are purposes and lessons for us in every exper- 
ience — no matter how traumatic or how trivial. 

Let us not "jump to conclusions" that the city is 
wicked and therefore God sent judgement. This may have 
some truth. But many godly people live there too. We 
too, are involved in that city. We use its airport and 
harbor^ cross the magnificent bridges and enjoy its 
colorful sights. What then might we learn from this 


shifting along California *s fault line? 

To see the mighty acts of God strikes terror into 
men. Only by faith in God's restraining power can we 
face a disaster without fear. Satan would have the 
lives of all men,, ending the testimony of God r s child- 
ren and letting the rest fall under God's' judgment. 
Satan would have slain Job. But we see God T s restrain- 
ing power allowing Satan to go only, so far in afflict- 
ing Job. Many stories came from San Francisco .telling 
of how close some came to disaster. One man was res- 
cued when firemen chor^d into his room. Our daughter 
passed through San Fr ;isco Airport the morning of the 
quake. One couple had car trouble that kept them off 
the Bay Bridge where a section collapsed at the time 
they would have crossed. Others were injured and many 
killed! God orders the steps of men; His timing is 
perfect. Job said, "But he knoi^eth the way that I 
take: when he hath tried me,- I shall come forth as 


On October 17, strangers lent helping hands to one 
another and sacrificed for each other. Some ran for 
ladders, forgetting their own safety, to help victims 
down off the collapsed freeway. Others worked with 
the injured, consoling, and serving food to the home- 
less. On the other hand, some began to steal from the 


Unprecedented, distressing signs. will accompany 
Jesus f coming. He tells us (Luke 21:28), "And when 
these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and 
lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." 
When we are intent on our work and someone calls to 
us, we immediately look up. Disasters are God's way 
of calling to us. Even if it is not the final end of 
all things, we should look up and listen to God. God 


spoke to Job out of a whirlwind. I believe He also 
spoke clearly on October 17 • 


God has given us many good years , even if we should 
be stricken down in some way. A view of the victims 
and their suffering should make us thankful — especially 
when we realize we do not deserve the gentle treatment 
God is giving us. Call to mind the suffering Christ- 
ians of past ages. Remember what Jesus endured for us. 
And then give thanks and ask G-od to prepare us for any 
trial He sees fit to send. 


Jennie Wilson wrote this verse: 

"Time is filled with swift transition; 

Naught of earth unmoved can stand; 

Build your hopes on things eternal; 

Hold to God's unchanging hand! 11 
When we see the earth shake , we can see the folly of 
setting *our affections there. The rich man Jesus told 
about who decided to rebuild his barns to store his 
abundant harvest and then sit back and enjoy it all,, 
saw only this life. May our faith find a resting place 
on Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for- 

God is able to shake and change all creation. He 
tells us in II Peter 3:10,11, "But the day of the Lord 
will come as a thief in the night; in the which the 
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the 
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also 
and the works that are t her in shall be burned up. See- 
ing then that$s6 things shall be dissolved, what 
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversa- 
tion and godliness. " Sometimes it is good for us to 
see just a touch of God's power displayed vividly. He 
graciously calls us to accept His offer of mercy and 
forgiveness in Jesus Christ and to obediently take up 
the cross and follow Him. In the words of Hebrews 12: 
25-29: "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For 


if they escaped not who refused him that spake on 
earthy much more shall not we escape, if we, turn away 
from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then 
shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, 
Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also hea- 
ven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the re- 
moving of those things that are shaken, as of things 
that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken 
may remain. YJhcrcfore we receiving a kingdom which 
cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may 
serve God acceptably xcith reverence and godly fear: 
For our God is a consuming fire." — L.C. 


"The Lord into His garden comes . ..," and what does 
He find? Does He find the lovely garden described in 
Song of Solomon 4:12-15? A garden full of trees and 
shrubs giving forth invigorating aromas, pleasing to 
the senses; a garden of beautiful blooms, foliage, con- 
trasts, fruits? 

Let us examine the "garden" we represent. I like to 
think of us assembled in Church meeting as a "garden" 
prepared for the Lord's personal pleasure. Verse 16 
is an invitation from us (the Church) to the .Lord to 
come and enjoy the sweet odors and pleasant sights. 
This verse calls for the north and south winds to blow 
upon our garden; to blow the spicy fragrances out upon 
the air to entice our Lover (the Lord) to come and en- 
joy His garden — not just to revel in the fragrant arom- 
as, but to eat of the pleasant fruits. 

What sweet- smelling fragrances can we waft heaven- 
ward to entice our Lover? The Bible mentions a few. 
In Philippians 4:18, Paul declares the gifts sent to 
him by the Philippians to be"an .odour of a sweet smell, 
a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God." Ephe- 
sians 5-2 mentions Jesus Christ's sacrifice to God for 
us (an act of love ) as done for a sweet-smelling savour. 
Revelations 5:8 mentions the golden vials full of od- 


ours ^ or incense , as being the prayers of saints. 
Hebrews 13:15 tells us that praise is a sacrifice (in- 
cense) and it is also the " fruit 11 of our lips. Heb- 
rews 13: 16 says that doing good and sharing with others 
are sacrifices that please the Lord, We could name 
many more, such as reverence in the Lord*s house; wor- 
shiping in spirit and truth; having our mind and atten- 
tion fully on things of God; a pure conscience; and a 
pleasing humility, modesty,, and unity in faith and 
practice which show in outward appearance as well as 
in the heart. 

From henceforth let us think about preparing our 
own part of the "garden 11 so that when we are assembled 
as a Church body we will unitedly send cut sweet-odours 
as a hearty invitation to the Lord to come into His 
garden and eat of His pleasant fruits. For, surely it 
is only for His pleasure that this "garden" has been 

And , when the Lord, our Lover, comes into this gar- 
den, may He truly say, "Thou art all fair my love, 
there is no spot in thee." (Songs of Solomon 4;7) 
"That he might present it to himself a glorious Church, 
not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but 
that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 


Laboring to make my spot in the "garden" pleasing 

to the Lord, —Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 


"And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a 
conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men." 
(Acts 24:16) Verses 14 and 15 give us Paul's confe- 
ssion of being called a heretic for his faith in Jesus. 
With a clear conscience he had always worshipped the 
God of his fathers, believing the written Word of the 
law and of the prophets. He also declared his belief 
and hope of the "resurrection of the dead, both of the 


just and unjust" - - 

Paul, as a one-time accuser of the brethren, and 
now the "Accused," knew very well the Jewish pattern 
of faith and teaching. His confession of faith chal- 
lenged the accuser to try him on his own confession. 
The, accuser was silenced, as he knew and feared that 
further trial on that point would give Paul a much de- 
sired opportunity to boldly witness to the Name of Jes- 
us, His death, and resurrection. All knew of Jesus' 
death, but only the Christians believed in His glorious 
resurrection and triumphant ascension to His Eather in 

Verse 16 was given in a + riomph of heart and soul 
over doubt and unbelief. 7t speaks of inner peace and 
good cheer, also of a sense of great spiritual posses- 
sions. II Corinthians 6:10: "As sorrowful, yet always 
rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having 
nothing , and yet possessing all things." 

This dramatic scene of this former persecutor of 
Jesus (Acts 9:4) now standing in a Roman court facing 
his accusers, under guard, and bound with Roman bonds 
(Acts 24:27) had a great challenge to all present, even 
to Felix and wife. (v. 24) 

He further dares without pressure from any one to 
speak of his inner conscience "Toward God and toward 
man." His record was known in Jerusalem where his 
studies in the Jewish faith had been completed under 
Gamaliel, the noted Jex^ish teacher. His great hatred 
of Jesus and His followers knew no bounds. With sanc- 
tions and authority from the chief priest, his name 
was on every one's tongue as the coming victor over 
the Christian Church. Now he openly declared he had 
both seen and talked with Jesus, his now risen Saviour 
and Lord. 

The light that shined had brought the knowledge of 
the truth in Jesus. The Jewish "lav; vail" (II Cor. 3: 
14-18) was lifted from his spiritual vision. In Christ's 
atoning blood, his past sins were covered. His con- 
science was enlightened in this marvelous light of the 
Gospel. We owe much to Paul to understand the fact 


and action of our own conscience "Toward God, and to- 
ward man." Of all the writers of the Bible, he uses 
this word more than any other, 

Paul in our study verse, intimates that a certain 
effort is imperative to keep the conscience clear and 
active. The word "exercise 11 should be very suggestive 
to Christians of this late century. Modern machinery 
has now lifted the heavy toil of the toiler. He must 
now find some exercise to keep a healthy mind and body* 
Its full benefits are only to those who willingly and 
enthusiastically exercise daily. . 

The fact and study of the conscience is as old as 
the race. Faith in God and in His Word gives action 
and boundary lines for this inner voice to function in 
God T s will and Word. Paul also plainly intimates that 
God has made man responsible to keep his conscience 
clear and pure before Him. 

The true disciple of Christ takes the conscience 
along for inspection in each secret prayer session with 
God. (Matthew 6:6) Psalm 51:6: "Behold, thou desirest 
truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part (con- 
science) thou shalt make me to know wisdom." Matthew 
7:7: "Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye 
shall findj knock, and it shall be opened unto you." 
Here the needy soul comes asking, seeking, and knock- 
ing on the eternal portal of truth. As the heavenly 
light ; of truth shines through the opened door on the 
understanding, the Holy Spirit points out the inner 
secret sin that may be harboring and festering there. 
This, unless named and repented of and left, will per- 
vert and &car the conscience, first to permissiveness 
and complacency, and then to meditated willful sinning. 

Proverbs 28:13 speaks an age-old truth, "He that 
covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso con- 
fesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." 

Romans 7 shows Paul in his exercise with "the sin 
that dwelleth in me." (His victory is in chapter 8.) 

The Apostle John (I John l) warns against the great 
danger of self-deception. We are not to say that "We 
have no sin," (verse 8) or "That we have not sinned." 


A sad state indeed before God and manl John ! s nega- 
tives here are four-fold. (l) 'We deceive ourselves." 
(2) "The truth is not in us. n (3) "We make Him a liar." 
(4) "His Word is not in us." How carefully these dis- 
ciples taught , as Jesus taught, in His model prayer 
(Matthew 6:12): "Forgive us our debts," (Luke 11:4): 
"And forgive us our sins." As we forgive others, God 
the Father is pleased to forgive us. This clears the 
conscience for a true testimony before God and man. 

A daily salvation is shown here where, "If we walk 
in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship 
one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his 
Son cleanseth us from all sin*" 

John opens his heart to Gnus in III John 4: "I 
have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk 
in the truth ," Jesus 1 charge to Peter (John 21:157? 
"Feed my lambs," emerges in I Peter 2:2,3: "As newborn 
babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye 
may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the 
Lord is gracious." 

Here is the start of being one of Christ's disciples 
(Acts 9:11): "Behold, he prayeth." From the word dis- 
ciple we get the word "discipline 1 . 1 " The discipling 
process starts in those "alone with God" times. Praise, 
prayer, and Bible reading are indeed basic exercises 
for the "babe in Christ" who ha- had a "taste of God's 
grace" by the Holy Spirit of God. 

In Matthew 6:6, Jesus teaches the necessity of the 
heart alone ness with God, with the heart door closed 
to the world and its sins. (There will be many times 
when the closet and its door are not available.) 
Jesus T^ent up in a mountain to pray, alone to God. 
(Mat, 14:32, Mk. 6:46, Lu. 6:12) 

The babe in Christ is leaving that holy stage of new 
life in Him, when self-judgment is learned and the con- 
science is being disciplined in this holy spiritual ex- 
ercise, yith other voices shut out the disciple learns 
to listen for that "still small voice" of the Holy 
Spirit of God. His is the office to teach, guide, v/arn, 
and rebuke. He it is who brings the truth of the Holy 


Word of God to the understanding of the heart and mind 

"He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 11 

(John 16:13-15.) 

"Trust and obey — for there 1 s no other way 

To be "happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey." 

— James D. Cover 
Modesto, California 


LAWRENCE WINTRODE BEERY was born on March 20,1900, 
near : Fairfield, Ohio, to Daniel H:; *ey and Ida Heisey 
Beery. He passed away from this 11 > on September 27, 
1989, at the age of 89 years, 6 months, and 7 days in the 
hoirie of his son James and family near Nappanee, Indiana, 
where he was tenderly cared for by his loving companion. 

He was married to Margaret Elisabeth Hissong on May. 
24, 1924. To this union were born 3 sons and 3 daugh- 
ters. They lived near Union, Ohio, farming until re- 
tirement at Homestead, Florida. 

Early in life he accepted Christ as his Saviour and 
was a faithful member of the Old German Baptist Breth- 
ren. Hid wife Margaret, was killed in an accident in 
December of 1963 * 

In June of 1965 j he married Orpha Austin Tansey who 
survives. He is also survived by the following child- 
ren: William, and wife Miriam, Joann and husband Mar- 
liri Hege, Ruth and husband Philip Retter, Naomi and 
husband Jay Bauman, Paul and wife Ruth, and James and 
wife Betty; 33 grand-children; 64 great-grandchildren; 
one step-daughter Ruth Ann and husband Wendell Jones;. 
2 step-dauthters-in-law Dorothy Tansey and. Mildred 
Tansey; 2.0 step-grandchildren; 8 great step-grandchild- 
ren and other relatives. Two brothers and two step- 
sons preceded him in death. 

Services by the home Brethren were held at 9*00 a.m. 
at the Leinhart Funeral. Home at Wakarusa, Indiana, and 
at 9*30 a.r. at the Goshen Old German Baptist Brethren 


church house j concluding with burial at the Fairview 
Cemetery at Englewood, Ohio. 

— The Family 

WILLIAM HERBERT FOUNTAIN was born September 11, 1896, 
in Illinois and passed away October 5, 1989., at Grass 
Valley, California. On September 11, 1923-, he married" 
June Cripe, and they lived together in love for over 
65 years. June passed away February 1, 1989. 

Herbert and June were baptized in the Old Brethren 
Church at Salida. They went through hard times togeth- 
er and worked to provide for their family. They loved 
the Lord and served Him much of their life in the Grace 
Brethren Church. 

Herbert leaves four children: William of Elk Grove, 
California; Margaret Lindgren of Escalon, California; 
Byrl of Auborn, California; and Raymond of Orovado, 
Nevada; 19 great grandchildren; dozens of nieces and 
nephews and many friends. 

Funeral sere ices were conducted October 9> 1939 5 by 
Pastor Paul Hoffman with burial at Wood Colony Ceme- 
tery. — L.C. 

John 2:5: ""His mother earth unto the servants, 
Whatsoever ho urdth unto you, do it." So \to oca how 
important -it ic to obey, without question, the Word of 
the Lord, and not try to judge if it is rasonable by 
our understanding. We dare not say, "That applied to 
that time." The Word of the Lord endures forevr, 

without change . ^ A . -. 

& — Ernest rfagner 

I would like to deeply express my thanks to all of 
the ladies who gave me so many delicious recipes. They 
were put in the cookbook Wanda Hilty got together for 
my wedding shower. —Linda Blocher 




Some twenty years after Wycliffe's death, the Eng- 
lish ruling body in London, the Parliament, condemned 
and forbade all Bible translating. 

English leaders made the new rule because they had 
a problem on their hands. Wycliffe's followers., called 
Lollards, were traveling all over England preaching the 
Gospel. Many of them carried copies of Wycliffe's 
Bible translation. Those who could not get copies of 
the entire Bible carried translations of parts of it, 

Lollard pre. .hers gave up all their wealth to travel 
about preachir^ Iha Good News, These men gave up all 
the comforts of life, for Christ. They could easily 
have said with Job, "I have esteemed the words of his 
(God ! s) .mouth more than'my necessary food.' 1 

Townspeople could tell when the Lollards were coming 
to town. For without fail the simple preachers cajne 
dressed in long rusty-brown colored robes, 

Lollards refused the fancy clothing so stylish in 
their times. The fancy ruffles on men ! s and women 1 s 
sleeves reached almost to the ground. The toes of 
stylish shoes were so long and pointed the wearer could 
not even kneel for prayer I 

Lollards also refused to be conformed to their world 
in actions or in appearance. They always encouraged 
their listeners to do the same. 

The "Biole men, " as the Lollards were sometimes 
called, refused the foolish talking and the swear words 
so common in England. They often quoted Scriptures as 
they talked with the people they met. They were care- 
ful students of the Bible, always ready to "give an 
answer to every -man that asketh ...a reason of the hope 
that is in.... (them) with meekness and fear. n 

We get our knowledge of what the Lollards preached 
to the Bible-hungry crowds from a statement of their 
beliefs called "The Conclusions of 1395," 

1. The church in England is filled with pride. 

2. The Roman Catholic priesthood is false. 


3. Forbidding priests to marry only leads to immo- 

4. The mass is a false miracle. 

5. Praying over bread, wine, stcne altars, crosses, 
or any other objects is sin, 

6. Rulers and church leaders should not meddle in 
each other's affairs. 

7. People should not pray for the dead. 

8. Pilgrimages, prayers, and offerings made to 
crosses and images are sin. 

9. No one needs to make confessions to priests, 
only to God. 

ID. All war" are against New Testament teachings. 

11. Nuns she Id not be forbidden to marry. 

12. Christians should not become involved in unnec- 
essary trades which would lead to luxury. .and waste. 
(Lollards considered the goldsmith trade unfit for 
Christians. ) 

Such anti-Roman Catholic teaching soon led to severe 
persecutions. Some Lollards, especially the early ones, 
gave up their faith to escape persecution. But others 
firmly stood for what they knew was right. 

Severe persecution, Bible hunts, and. Bible burnings 
discouraged many Lollards and drove them into hiding. 
But some faithful Lollards still shared the Bible and 
its truths with the people, even if the meetings had 
to be in secret. 

As the 1400 ! s passed, English records show that 
fewer and fewer Lollards were found or tried for their 
teachings. Perhaps this means there were fewer- Lol- 
lards. But, on the other hand, many Lollards may ha*ve 
worked in secret and managed to escape the authorities. 

Happily for the English people, the authorities did 
not find all the Wycliffe Bibles. 

Within a few years after Gutenberg first printed 
his Bible in Latin, the Lollards in England were trying 
to have the Bible printed in English. A printer who 
favored the Lollards set up one of the first printing 
presses in England. 


The English government refused to alloitf this print- 
er or anyone else to make copies of the hated Wycliffe 

While the "Bible men 11 . were busy preaching in the 
villages and toxms along the roadways of England , 
Wycliffe 1 s influence was spreading to other places 
outside England. 

Wycliffe *s daring convictions led to the beginning of 
new churches in the distant central European' kingdoms 
of Bohemia and Moravia. 

By Roger Berry in God T s World — His- Story 
Christian Light Publications 


* The members of the Eastern District met in council 
September 29 for the purpose of choosing a minister 
and also a deacon. Brother Thomas Royer with his com- 
panion Rebecca was chosen for a minister. Brother 
David Royer with his companion- Elva was chosen for a 
deacon. We pray that God will meet their special 
needs as they serve in their respective rolls to bring 
honor and glory to God and His kingdom. 

— Melvin Coning 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in Calif- 
ornia, have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast, the Lord 
willing at the Salida meeting house on November 4 and 
5. We sincerely invite and welcome all to come and 
be with us at this time of communion and revival. 

— Joseph L. Cover 


CABLE- A son j Silas Levi, born September 20 to Ron 
and Faythe Cable of Goshen, Indiana, 



In north-western Belgium in the medieval city of 
Ghent; towers a massive castle. This mighty piece of 
architecture has been known as Gravensteen and was the 
castle for the counts of Flanders. It was -built by 
Philip d 1 Alsace in 1180 on the ruins of a much older 
fortification whose walls now form the dungeons. The 
castle has winding stairways , grand entertaining rooms, 
walkways overlooking the city, and a moat running part 
way around. 

Ghent, Belguim is known for the second longest list 
of martyrs , and the grim castle played a large part in 
their suffering. Recently, some of us were privileged 
to visit there, and we saw an array of branding irons 
and torture instruments. We were sobered as we toured 
the dungeons- In one area, we could look through a 
grate into a room below where they put prisoners and 
literally forgot them. 

The time of the martyrs seems so far removed 'from 
present-day America. How can we relate to the Christ- 
ian heritage they gave us? Truly they had great inner 
strength to be able to be faithful under the Inhuman- 
ity man inflicted. Many songs were written' from pris- 
ons and dungeons. They were not afraid to sing out •. 
and tell of their Saviour. How about us? Do we appre- 
ciate our religious freedom and are we brave enough to 
share our faith? — Rosarma Cover 

let that which more than all else caused my tears 
to flow was the remembrance of the sufferings and the 
death of Thy martyrs, who altogether innocent, as de- 
fenceless lambs, were led to the water, the fire, the 
sword, or to the wild beasts in the arena, there to 
suffer and to die for Thy name's sake. However, I ex- 
perienced no small degree of joy as I contemplated the 
living confidence they had In Thy grace, and how val- 
iantly they fought their way through' the strait gate. 
From the Invocation to Martyr ■ u Mirror , — T.J. van Braght 



When we think of protection, we think of something 
or someone kept from danger. Can you think of someone 
that has been protected? The three Hebrew children were 
protected from the flames that were heated seven times 
hotter than usual. They told the king they knew their 
God co uld deliver them from the fiery furnace. They 
didnft know if He would, but one thing they did know, 
they wouldn't worship the golden linage. Shadrach, Me- 
shacfh, and Abednego could say as David, "The Lord is 
on tfiy side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? n 
Dav&d, when a lad, fought the giant Goliath. He knew 
who would win the kittle, because this was God's bat-. 
tlfe,i hot his. 

The other day I was reminded of another kind of pro- 
tection. A few days ago we had a killing frost. Every- 
thing that was not protected is now dead. As we drove 
rjast a woods, I noticed some flowers still in their 
beauty. Do you know why they were not dead? The tall 
trees around them were protecting them. The flowers 
remind me of children that have godly patents. The 
trees represent the parents. Your parents protect you 
from the death sting of the world. Jesus tells us old- 
ey "trees' 1 to protect the "flowers." I remember a 
siiall baby that was protected from death. His mother 
made an ark of bulrushes, and put the baby in it. The 
ark was placed in the water among some weeds. The ba- 
by's name was . Isn't it wonderful how God has 

provided for ALL His creation? Jesus will still pro- 
tect us from the hottest flames and the biggest giant 
if we let Him control our lives. 

— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, Calif. 
19201 Cherokee Rd« 
Tuolumne, Calif, 95379 


VOL. 36 NOVEMBER, 1969 HP. 11 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i Peter 2: 11 



We th: nk Thee, Lord, for this fair, earth, 
The glittering sky, the silver sea; 
For all their beauty, all their worth, 
Their light and glory, come from Thee. 

Thine are the flowers that clothe the ground, 
The trees that wave their arms above, 
The hills that gird our dwellings round, 
As Thou dost gird Thine own with love. 

Yet teach us still how far more fair, 
More glorious, Father, in Thy sight, 
Is one pare deed, one holy prayer, 
One he^rt that owns Thy Spirit r s might. 

So while we gaze with thoughtful eye 

On all Thy love has given, 

Help us in Thee to live and die, 

By Thee tc rise from earth to heaven. 

— G. 1, L» Cotton 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA 95379 


We have a story in one of our school readers about 
some children whose parents had gone to town to buy 
groceries and other things they needed. The parents 
often brought the children special treats such as ice 
cream or candy , and the children speculated about what 
they rnl^it bring this time. They felt they deserved 
something extra because they had been left with some 
work to do. When the parents returned, the boy espe- 
cially was disappointed and even resentful to see that 
there was no treat. The father sensed his attitude, 
and took the occasion to go over the ordinary food and 
show how good and special it really was and how blessed 
they were to have it. 

Sometimes we are like children in this respect. Vie 
fail to see what is really best for us and feel that 
we deserve more than daily blessings — we deserve some- 
thing special. In this attitude we can become really 
less than thankful for the good things God pours cut 
on us monent by moment. 

In I Corinthians 12 Paul writes in some detail 
about the gifts God gives us. They are excellent qual- 
ities and abilities that both help us and edify the 
church. He lists them in verse 28: "And God hath set 
some in the church, first apostles, secondarily proph- 
ets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles^ then gifts 
of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues* 11 
He tells us to covet earnestly the best gifts. These 
are better gifts than food and fun, as they are gifts 
that help others. 

At this Thanksgiving time, I trust we are thankful 
for our food, clothing, houses, cars, conveniences, 
healthy safety^ freedom, and so many others. But these 
best gifts that Paul lists are more important than the 
physical things we enjoy and expect — and sometimes com- 


plain about if they don't come when we look for them. 

God has given some of these gifts to each of us. 
Paul points out that we cannot all be apostles and 
prophets and teachers and miracle workers, etc. But 
we can use the gifts God has given us and be thankful 
for them, Thecro best gifts bless others as well as our- 
selves. And if we use the temporal gifts , such as food 
and health, and freedom, they also can contribute to the 
use of these best gifts to edification and encourage- 

The gifts of "helps" is one all can have and use. 
How many ways there are to be a blessing to others in 
helping them. I appreciate the hyw- writers of the . 
past! They truly used the gift of elps" to lift us 
out of sorrow and despair and put a song of praise on 
our lips. 

Martin Rinkart who wrote our- Thanksgiving hymn 
"Now Thank We all Our God," actually experienced hard- 
ship and sorrow, but wrote of trust in God. He was a 
pastor at Eilenberg, Saxony, during the Thirty Year's 
War (1618-1648.) when the family of Alexander Mack also 
suffered. Because of famine and pestilence, 8,000 
people died including Rinkart f s wife. He remained 
the' only pastor and conducted burial services for 4480 
people, sometimes 40 or 50 a day. Out of his experi- 
ences came this hymn of confidence and thanksgiving. 

We may not be able to write hymns, but we can use 
our gifts in other ways to help one another and glorify 
God. Proverbs 15-23 says "'. ..a word spoken in due sea- 
son, how good it isl n We can all speak encouraging 

Paul ends I Cor, 12 with "But covet earnestly the 
. best gifts: and yet shew I unto you, a more excellent 
way. n He then tells of the excellent" way of love. 
God loves the world and gave His Son Jesus as the nob- 
lest expression of His love. And we too can have this 
love for one another. 

Kay this Thanksgiving season be a time to see and 
recollect the ordinary blessings that we many times 


take for granted. May we use our blessings to give 
God glory and to edify one another. — L.C 


How far A in some ways, we have come since that hand- 
ful of Pilgrims gathered for that first special day of 
thanks in 1621 J Today some 300 million people populate 
our land. We produce more food, more fuel, more fin- 
ished products than any nation in the world. Measured 
by dollars and cents, cur gross national product ex- 
ceeds one trillion dollars and if. climbing every year. 
Science and industry do our bidding. We can even send 
men to the moon. 

Thanksgiving Day commemorates the harvest, reaped by 
the Plymouth colony in 1621. It is a peculiarly Amer- 
ican institution j older than the Constitution; older 
than the Declaration of Independence. 

At this Thanksgiving season we should not only feel 
and express our thanks, individi ally and collectively, 
for the vast acres of golden haivest stretched out 
across this great and blessed land of ours; but, even 
more, we should feel and express our thanks for the 
rich harvest of grace and mercy that stretches clear 
back to our infant cribs. 

Thanksgiving alone has retained its original char- 
acter. Except for a few turkey growers and cranberry 
dispensers, nobody is desperately seeking to capitalize 
on this holiday; even the politicians have not been 
able successfully to exploit its theme, as they have 
everything else from Arbor Day to the Fourth of July. 

This day still belongs to the people, to the family, 
to the basic community, ilany other holidays have be- 
come overcommercialized, often vulgarizing their in- 
herent meaning. 

It is a pity no other country celebrates it except 
for our neighboring Canada, in early October. 


> Someone has defined Thanksgiving as "our annual 

time for saying grace at the table of goodness." / 

Just as some people neglect to say grace before 
their meals, so some have forgotten the meaning of 

The story is told of an old farmer who came to town 
to/buy supplies. Afterward he went to a local restau- 
rant to eat his lunch. T *Tien the meal was put before 
hpn. he bowed his head and thanked God for his food. 
Two young "smart alecks" were sitting nearby and thought 
they would embarrass the old man: 

"Hey, farmer, does everybody do that out your way?" 
one asked. 

The farmer lool. ■ i at him" quietly.. 

"No, son," he sale, "THE PIGS DOK'T. 1 ! 

It is good to remember that "think" and "thank" come 
from the same root. We need only to think in order to 
be thankful. 

At Thanksgiving we pause to- look toward heaven with 
gratitude and praise. For some, Thanksgiving Day is 
merely an emptjr token. But for those who see His gra- 
cious hand, Thanksgiving deepens awareness of God's 
goodness and provision. 

Psalm 136:1 reads, "0 give thanks unto the Lord; 
for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever." 

This wag the secret of the Pilgrims as they kept 
the first Thanksgiving Day in Plymouth Colony. They 
believed that God was with them and that He is good. 
They knew He loved them and that His mercies are ever- 
lasting. Life was lived in the recognition of His 

Have you discovered this? Such simple faith gives 

life a mighty anchor. 

by Morris Chalfant from 

The Evangelical Beacon 


Even though we cannot have all we want, we ought to 
be thankful we do not get what we deserve. 

— Selected 



"Did you know that our neighbor lady had a peace- 
maker put in recently? 11 The word pac-.emaker was quickly 
substituted for peacemaker , leaving smiles on the faces 
of those of us who heard the conversation. 

Just suppose the physicians of today were able to 
put in peacemakers. What kind of people would want 
this surgery? Would it be considered too ,ostly? 
Would there be . a long waiting list? 

Today 1 s physicians cannot, of course, put in peace- 
makers, Hit the Great Physician fes installed a Peace- 
maker b . -reen Himself and man. (E -hesians 2:14) He 
also wants His people to be peace nakers — "Blessed are 
the peacemakers: for they shall be called the child- 
ren of God." (Matthew 5:9) 

There is a lot of "heart 5 trouble in the world to- 
day. Is our peacemaker in working order? If not, 
let ! s schedule our surgery immediately. It f s too 
costly not to. "Follow peace with all men... n Heb. 12:14 

— Elva Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 


Who gave us all the joys of life, of 

kith and kin? 
Who gave the storm, the snow without. 

the fire within? 
Wfro gave the sun to warm, to bless, 

to feed our lives? 
Who gave the rain to sweep our fields 

where greenness thrives? 

Sd much of joy has been contrived, 
56 great a position has arrived, 
And what of worth are we deprived? 


All of which we need has been provided, 
Through grace which nan has oft decided,, 
Yet mercy long on earth abided. 

The air we breathe is plenteous given, 
And few for water hard are driven 
While stores of food are sent from 

And were it not that sin hath marred 

our earth and broken 
The word that sent man forth from 

Eden ne'er were spoken. 

And had we wisdom as we should or 

knowledge right, 
Were we with vision gifted., blessed 

with keener night, 

We'd grow to hate as God does, hates 

whate'er is sin, 
We f d build a wall to keep the grace 

of God within. 

Or how as one who sees the deadly 

night-shade grow, 
And eats the fruit but suffers pain 

and grief and woe. 

But had we wisdom as we should of 

.. knowledge right, 
Were we with vision gifted, blessed 
with keener sight. 

When sin before us floats as gilded 

gleajning ball, 
We r ed soon discover the truth; its 
. . borrowed light should fall. 


When sin before us walks as bird 

with plumage gay, 
ife'd' think of what we'd lose and 
drive the bird away. 

And God in Heaven knows, wl'o hath 

all wisdom's stores, 
That sin can wreck the ship that sails 

for Heaven's shores. 

He knows, who hath all vision, who 

sees facvond our sight, 
That sin caj —ye us darkness and 

takes awaj our light, 

And what if from the candlestick the 

light hath flown, 
How great shall grow the darkness 

when sin hath grown. 

For sin and darkness walk together, 

hand in hand, 
And who would stay to reap the harvest 

of that land? 

— Lottie A. Gripe 


The following article entitled "Fellowship" is by 
Brother Ernest Wagner and speaks of a concern that has 

long been on his heart. Uncle Ernest has been unable 
to walk, talk, or use his left side for 20 years now, 
as a result of a stroke. Yet he is active in mind and 
treads and writes. He is an example of patience to all 
wno know him. These verses are favorites: "It Is good 
for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn 
thy statutes." (Psalm 119:71) "For our light afflict- 
ion, Vhich Is but for a moment, worketh for us a far 


more exceeding and eternal weight of gloryj While we 
look not at the things which are seen, but at the things 
which are not seen: for the things which are seen are 
temporal; but the things which are not seen are eter- 
nal." (II Corinthians 4:17-18) 

Uncle Ernest 1 s concern for the unity of believers 
should be a concern of all of us. As he writes, we 
have been handed our divided condition. But how good 
it would be if this trend toward scattering and divi- 
sion could be reversed, and Christian believers could 
begin to unite. Jesus prayed "That they all may be 
one; as then, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that 
they also i;..v be one in us: that the world may believe 
that thou hast sent me." We see that this unity would 
be a testimony to the world. May we hope, pray, and 
work toward the oneness of true believers in Christ. 

— L.C. 

I believe the second chapter of Galatians tells of 
a problem that could be applied to our present condi- 
tion. Paul differed with some of the Apostles over 
keeping the law and circumcision, but they gave each 
other the right hand of fellowship and went to work in 
different fields without trying to judge one another. 

Is there any good reason xfhy such fellowship is im- 
possible today? It has been over 100 years that our 
small denomination has been divided over some of these 
worldly things, and we cannot hope to judge them any- 
better than our fathers did. But we know we are very 
close to the time all will be finished and should seek 
peace and fellowship, I believe. 

In II Chronicles 30 we read of an effort being mads 
when Hezekiah decided to observe a feast and invited 
all the scattered children of Isreal to attend. Couldn f t 
some of us do the same? 

Daniel 12:7: "And I heard the man clothed in linen, 
which was upon the water of the river, when he held up 
his right hand find his left hand unto heaven and sware 


by him- who liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, 
times , and an half; and when he shall have accomplished 
to scatter the power of the holy people, all these 
things shall be finished." So we see Satan has made 
a great effort to scatter the believers, and we should 
make a great effort to be reconciled and regain as 
much power as possible. Let us take it to the Lord in 
prayer. I Corinthians 16:14: Let all things be done 
with charity." When we read I Corinthians 13, don't 
we find ourselves lacking in something? Heb. 12:12-14: 
"Wherefore lift up the hands that hang down, and the 
feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, 
lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; bctl 
let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men,, 
and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." 
I Corinthians 3:3: "For ye are yet carnal: for where- 
as there is among you envying, and strife, and divi~ 
sions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?" 

Apostle Peter gives seven things we should follow 
when traveling the path to glory: faith, virtue, know- 
ledge, .temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly 
kindness, and charity. Where are we along the path? 
I don't believe anyone ivould need to feel they were 
sacrificing any good thing in seeking reconciliation 
with all believers. 

It is man's weakness to think they can make the 
Word of the Lord better by using some of their own 
reasoning. Jesus, reproved the Jews for making the law 
of none effect by their traditions. Apostle Paul said 
the^ in seeking to establish their own righteousness, 
have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of 
God. Colossians 2:20-22: "Wherefore if ye be dead 
with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as 
though living in the world, are ye subject to ordi- 
nances, (touch not; taste not; handle not; which all 
are to perish with the using;) after the commandments 
a nd doctrines of men? I believe the group of believers 
could have closer fellowship if they could give up the 
traditions that separate us and use the Word of the 


Lord only, for our council. "Take it to the Lord in 

In II Chronicles 30, we read of the great blessing 
they received when they laid aside their differences 
and gathered to worship the Lord. 

Proverbs 15:3: "The eyes of the Lord are in every 
place, beholding the evil and the good." Our eyes 
only see the temporal things about us. Perhaps the 
best illustration we have of this was when the Lord 
opened the eyes of Elisha's servant at Dothan. What a 
glorious time it will be when we awake with eyes to 
see the glories of Heavenl Hebreivs 1:14: "Are they 
rot all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister 
for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" So we see 
what the centurion was speaking about when he told 
Jesus ? if He only spoke the word, a spirit would heal 
his servant." Also, when Satan tempted Jesus to jump 
off the temple, Jesus warned us, we could not be using 
this for a sign. He said the sign we should give is 
to have love one for another. Are we showing that 
sigr when we allow ourselves to believe we cannot fel- 
lowship because we differ about worldly things? 

I have written a number of notes about the differ- 
ences affecting the Brotherhood. The fact that Peter 
and Paul parted and each went to different places to 
work, one to the Jews^ and the other to the Gentiles, 
without quarreling might show that perhaps the Lord 
will pardon our separated condition' which has been 
handed down to us. They were agreed on the four prin- 
ciple sins of the law of Moses and caring for the poor> 
which things all our Brotherhood agree on. While we 
might wish this difference over keeping the law would 
justify differences, Paul told the Corinthians they 
were yet carnal if they were partial to different min- 
isters. So that should cause us to want to forsake 
our differences. 

It seems good to me that our groups of believers 
would freely express themselves concerning our differ- 
ences, and we might find very little that separates us. 


and by using charity, could be overcome . I would sug- 
gest that all interested write their understanding of 
the Word of God that x-rould not allow us to use charity 
to cover cur differences. 

When we think of being united in Christ, we natu- 
rally try to find a gospel precedent, I beleive the 
congregation at Corinth gives an example of the church 
divided and wanting to follow different ministers. 
Paul tried to make them understand it was Christ using 
the different ministers to carry on His work, .-.and they 
should not depend on their favorite minister, but fol- 
low the Spirit that was using the minister, 

I Corinthians 12:31* 'Bat covet earnestly the best 
gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way,| n? 
So we see the thirteenth chapter gives us the best 
church government, letting each exercise his own 'gifts 
in perfect harmony. Don*t you believe if we met to 
seek to be united to worship the Lord, we would feel 
the Spirit working in our hearts to help us? Espe— . . 
cially it would be so if we gave it careful study be- 
fore. Do we have enough faith, to trust Him to do 
the things we desire of Him? I believe if some could 
agree to meet and worship together, and invite as many 
as there would be room to accomodate, we might be 
greatly blessed. Letters could be sent to those at a 

Mark 16: 15, 16: "Go ye into all the world, and 
preach the gospel to every creature. He that believ- 
eth and is baptized shall be saved. ,r The Holy Ghost 
spoke by the apostles, Acts 15:28: "For it seemed 
good to the Holy Ghost, and to us:, to lay upon you no 
greater burden than these necessary things; That ye 
abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, 
and from things strangled and from fornication: from 
which- -if ye keep.. yourselves, ye shall do well." I 
don*t find these commandments were ever changed, and 
I believe Paul taught that all minor differences could 
be handled with charity. So I believe trie divisions 
that have separated us the last hundred and more years 


were uncalled for. In fact I believe we should seek 
closer fellowship with all Christian believers. 

Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, 
told them how they should settle their differences , 
telling them they should appreciate each' other 1 s gifts 
and work together with charity. Doesn't this advice 
apply to us? I believe It applies to all Christian 
believers. I believe Paul in the twelfth and thir- 
teenth chapters of this letter, explains carefully how 
the church should be governed with charity. 

Jesus told us we have to be converted and become 
like little children to enter the kingdom of Heaven. 
The church is our opportunity to learn to obey our 
Heavenly Father and His Zo:i, In the resurrection we 
will be accepted into the family of God, with the ang- 
els and all the family. So it is very important to 
learn to live peaceably here. Each has his gift, and 
if used properly will bring love and peace. 

Romans 15:13: "Now the God of hope fill you x^dth 
all joy and peace in believing that ye may abound in 
hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. " 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 


ROYER - A son, Jordan Todd, born November 8 to Tim 
and Linda Rcyer of Goshen, Indiana. 

MARTIN - A son, Japheth Michael, born November 9 to 
Neil and Lois Martin of Nappanee, Indiana. 

I choose to- be an edifier. it's more fulfilling 
here now, and more rewarding in the future. By the 
power of Gqd's spirit, be an edifier, be a builder! 
It belongs to the people of God. 

—Simon Sfcrock in One-Anothering^ 



WILIARD EZRA MILLER was born August 9, 1920 near 
New Lebanon, Ohio to Ezra and Theresa Shank Killer. 
He grew. up on a farm near Bear Creek and spent his 
life in the area nearby. He married Betty Bowser Dec- 
ember 31* 1947* and they \tfere blessed with two sons. 
Uillard was a farmer most of his life as well as work- 
ing a number of years at Delco in Dayton. He had a 
deep appreciation of the outdoors and God 1 s creation. 
He enjoyed sharing the bounties of the garden with 
friends and neighbors. He x^ras always eager to lend 
his help to others in any way he could. 

He was baptized May 12 , 1977, into the Old C-erman 
Baptist Church. He asked for the anointing in Decem- 
ber, 1987 j and received much comfort and peace. His 
health improved and he became more active and enjoyed 
his family, and friends again. 

Recently his illness returned and after a brief 
time of failing health, he departed this life October 
12, 1939, at the age of 69 years, 2 months, and 3 days. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister^ 
Lucille Aukerman; and a brother, George Miller. 

He is survived by his companion, Betty; his sons 
and their companions: " Randy and Sara; Willard (Bill) 
and Marilyn; three grandchildren: Neal, Leanne, and 
Jonathan; two brothers, Samuel and Harry Miller; nieces, 
nephews, and other relatives and friends.. 

Funeral services were held October 16 at 9:45 at 
the Rogers & Holp Funeral Home, New Lebanon, Ohio, and 
at 10:30 in the Wolf Creek Meeting House by the home 
brethren. The burial was at the Trissel Cemetery with 
a short service by Brother Michael Miller. 

—The Family 

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I Corinthians 15:57 




A lot .of hearts, I'm sorry to say, are full of sin 
and dross! 

We need to treat our hearts as If they are impure 
silver that has never been refined, IJhen they want 
pure silver, they put the silver in a caldron, and boil 
It until all of the dross, or impurities, are removed. 

It is the same way with our hearts. If we want a 
pure and righteous heart, we have to take all our 
thoughts and actions, and ask the Lord to forgive, and 
get rid of all our sins. The Lord will always forgive 
us for our wrongs, if we will only ask Him. He will 
be with us forever, and help us to, get rid of all of 
the dross that is in our hearts. 

Once we have been forgiven, we should thank the Lord 
for helping us. lie could do what the children of Is- 
rael did when, they escaped from the Egyptians. After 
they had crossed over the sea, and the Egyptians had 
bean drowned, Miriam, the sister of Aaron, took a tim- 
brel, and the other women took timbrels, and they sang, 
and danced, and praised the Lord. We don't have to 
dance, but we should praise the Lord for everything 
that He has given to us. 

After we have our hearts clean and pure, we need to 
decorate them with the Word of the Lord much as we use 
wallpaper to decorate the walls of a room. We should 
take the Ford of the Lord in our hearts for a: deco- 
ration, and if we trust In Him, we should not have to 
remove all the dross from our hearts again. We should 
be thankful that the Lord is merciful, and will for- 
give us for all the wrongs that we have done. 

Praise the Lord of Lords, our Heavenly Father I 

— David Clay Wagner 
Bradford, Ohio 


Have you ever been in the house at night when the 
lights go out? The first thing children do is get 
close to their mother or someone that is bigger. Soon 
the candles are lit and there is light again. 

Many years ago in Egypt , there were children like 
you that were afraid to be in the dark. Some of God's 
children were in Egypt, and the Egyptians were cruel 
to them* Because the Egyptians didn't like to obey 
God , a thick darkness covered the ground for three 
days. The Bible says they couldn't see anyone or move 
from where they were. The children couldn't find 
their mother or older ones because the candles wouldn't 
light. Even though the Egyptian's houses were dark, 
the children of God had light in their houses. Isn't 
it good to be God*s children and always have light? 
Jesus says men love darkness better than light, because 
their ways are bad. 

Mother might bake some cookies and you eat several. 
Mother says you can't have any more. She is called 
out of the kitchen, and you try to eat one more before 
she gets back, but mother catches you. I am sure you 
would like to be in the dark at that moment. Why? 
Because you were doing something you knew you shouldn't 
do. Let's be like the boy that shared his lunch with 
the five thousand. l-Jhen we do well, we are not ashamed 
^o be in the light. 

— Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 36 DECEMBER 19S9 N0 * 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / Peter 2:11 



Gentle Mary laid her Child 

Lowly in a manger; 

rrv ere He lay the undefiled, 

ie the world a stranger. 

Such a Babe in such a place, 

Can He be the Saviour? 

Ask the saved of all the race 

Who have found His favor. 

Angels sang about His birth; 

Wise men sought and found Himj 

Heaven's star shone brightly forth 

Glory all around Him. 

Shepherds saw the wondrous sight , 

Heard the angels singing; 

All' the plains, were lit that' night. 

All the hills were ringing* 

Gentle Mary laid her Child 

Lowly in a manger; 

He is still the unde filed, 

But no more a stranger. 

Son of God, of humble birth, 

Beautiful the story; 

Praise His name in all the earth, 

Hail the King of glory! 

oseph Simpson Cook 

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Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request. 
Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover 

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Remembering Jesus * coming into the world has brought 
singing and rejoicing to those who believe and receive 
Him. \Je celebrate His mercy and salvation in beautiful 
music and joy unspeakable and full of glory. The angel 
announced "tidings of great joy" and true it is. Isaiah 
proclaimed centuries before: M . . .With a voice of sing- 
ing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of 
the earth; say ye, The Lord hath redeemed his servant 
Jacob. » (Isaiah 48:20) 

Jesus told the parable of the man who had a fig 
tree planted in his vineyard. For three years he 
watched for fruit ore the tree. Finally he told the 
one who cared for the vineyard to cut it down. The 
worker pleaded for the tree and offered to cultivate 
and fertilize around it to give it help, and perhaps 
then it would bear fruit. If not, they could cut it 

A number of applications could be made. Certainly, 
it shows God*s patience and mercy to each person 
through Jesus x^ho pleads for us. But it can also pic- 
ture God*s people Israel and the whole of mankind. 
God cared for us as a man cares for his farm. As a 
farmer expects and needs a harvest to keep on farming, 
so God looks for response and obedience in His people. 

In the parable, the fig teee had not only three, 
but nine opportunities to have a crop, as figs normally 
bear three times a year. Israel had many opportunities, 
and so do we all. At this time of year we think of the 
coming of the Saviour into the lowly environment of 
Bethlehem and Nazareth. His coming is represented in 
the parable by the worker 1 s offer to make special ef- 
fort to help the fig tree bear. We may never know-— at 
least not in this life- how great that effort was. 


This Lord Jesus observed the fruitless fig tree 
from His place of comfort and splendor with the Father , 
in glory. Truly, just to come into the world — into 
the limitations and temptations of the human body — 
was incomprehensible self-denial and voluntary humbling. 
But to be rejected and mistreated and finally cast out 
of the vineyard (in another parable) and slain repre- 
sents sacrifice indescribable. 

But the results of this sacrifice and labor: From 
it comes our deliverance and fruit for the Father 1 s 
praise when He brought many sons to glory. Truly it 
is something to sing and rejoice about. 

The longing for this deliverance j r expressed in 
one of our songs: 

come, "0 come,, Emmanuel 

And ransom captive Israel, 

That mourns in lonely exile here, 

Until the Son of GocTappear. 

Joy characterizes many songs about Jesus 1 birth. 
Isaac Watts wrote our beautiful hymn: 

Joy to the world ! ' the Lord is come: 

Let earth receive her King; 

Let every heart prepare Him room. 

And heaven and nature sing. 

Countless songs retell the story of Jesus' birth: 

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown 

When Thou earnest to earth for me, 

But in Bethlehem's home there was found ho room 

For Thy holy nativity. 

come to my hearty Lord Jesus: 

There is room in my heart for Thee. 

The lowliness and voluntary humility is proclaimed 
by the common song we all know: 

Away in a manger., no crib for a bed, 

The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. 

The stars in the bright sky looked down x^here He lay, 

The little Lord Jesus., asleep on the hay. 

These hymns and so many others express the response 
that should be In our hearts. Is it there 9 Is the joy 
o4 "ion evident in our lives? hi ■ c-oason 


passes, an old year ends, and another year takes its 
place jis&y we show forth our joy and produce fruit of 
faithful lives for Him, Hallelujah I For the Lord 
God omnipotent reignethl — L.C. 


One star-filled night in the long ago, 

When the heavenly choir came, 
To sing of "God's Unspeakable Gift," 

And praise His wonderful name, 

Ueaven came down in blessing to earth, 

Banging salvation, to free. 
Never was there such marvelous love, 

Given to you and to me. 

He left the throne and His rightful place, 

The burden of -sin to lift, 
And came to this world of pain and woe, 

As "God's Unspeakable Gift." 

His Kingdom is one of righteousness, 

And His reign shall never cease. 
His name is "Wonderful, Counsellor/' 

And the blessed "Prince of Peace." 

His work was finished on Calvary 

For all who had gone adrift; 
No words can ever express the thought — 

It's God's Unspeakable Gift." 

Mrs. Macey P. Seasey 

God has two dwellings — one in Heaven and the other 
in a meek and humble h^art. 

Selected by Nancy Oyler 



The Advent of the lard Jesus as observed by the 
people of God at Christmas is normally understood as 
a New Covenant observance, practiced by the Church 
since the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. But centuries 
before The Nativity, the Old Testament believing com- 
munity celebrated another Advent which was also regu- 
larly remembered in the worship life of Israel. The 
occasion for this prior Advent was the transference of 
the Ark of the Covenant from a temporary location in 
Kirjath-jearim to Mount Zion in Jerusalem. Since the 
Ark represented the i v esence of God in the midst of 
His people and symbol' j zed the " dwelling place of the 
most high Gbd," the arrival of the Ark into the Holy 
City was a momentous happening. It represented no 
less than the Advent of God to the City of Cities. 

Elaborate preparations were made in anticipation of 
the event. It was a day of national significance 
which Involved the whole citizenry. Special music and 
poetry were written for the observance. Regalia of 
every kind was arranged, including decorations and 
cos turnery. No effort or expense was spared to make 
this an event of unparalleled pageantry which would be 
remembered through the ages in the liturgical life of 
the people of God. The celebration represented the 
best that men could do to appropriately receive the 
King of Kings. 

Psalm 24, a Davidic Psalm, was specifically prepared 
for this receiving of the Ark. In it David cuts right 
to the heart of the matter of what is really going on 
at this-occasion. In spite of the elaborate preparation 
and extravagant expenae, representing the best that 
could be done, the celebration was woefully Inadequate 
to receive the awesome majesty of Almighty God. Man 
is simply incapable of planning and executing a solemn 
event worthy of the character of God. The problem 
centers on the pitiful condition of evil man in con- 
trast to a Holy God. 

Listen to the haunting question David raises in 


Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? 

And who shall stand in his holy place? 

He who has clean hands and a pure hearty 

Who does not lift up his soul to what is false , 

and does not swear deceitfully. 
David must have imagined the setting which was to take 
place. And contemplating the massive assembly of the 
people from across the nation^ his attention was drawn ^ , 
not to the finery of the sound and color and setting,, 
but to the universal corruption of the people so gath- 
ered. What a travesty that such an unclean people 
should be- receiving the One who alone is pure ? unde- 
filed; ■ together lovely^ and holy. 

And so David asks the question^ "Who shall ascend. . . 
who shall stand in his holy place...?" And his answer 
establishes the appropriate credentials which are,, 
simply stated., impossible. No one among all humanity 
possesses "clean hands" or a "pure heart" or "hcnest 

Thus the stage is set for David to teach us some- 
thing about the character of God. In verses 5 and 6 
we learn that the one who is acceptable to stand in 
the presence of God is the one who becomes worthy by 
receiving vindication from the "God of his salvation. 11 
We learn that God is the Gracious Redeemer of those 
who seek Him and receive It from Him. 

As you celebrate Christmas in your hearty at your 
home or in your churchy remember that the only proper 
way to receive the Advent of the Babe of Bethlehem is 
to first receive the forgiveness and cleansing that 
qualifies you to stand in His presence and honor His 
holy name. 


— Ejjr Tim Couch in Guidelines For Today 
Selected by Kenneth Martin 

Do you see the light that shines from the humble 
manger ^ Gethsemane, and the cross? 



Dreams are what hopes are made of — not the dreams 
of a passing night which make no sense and have no 
consequences , but hopeful dreams are the vision of a 
better future. Martin Luther King said he had a dream 
of the day when his fellow blacks would have acceptance 
in society as equals with the whites. It was King who 
called our attention to the graphic twenty- fourth verse 
of Amos five: "But let judgment run down as waters, 
and righteousness as a mighty stream.' 1 Martin Luther 
King longed for just treatment of His people.. He wanted 
justice and righteousr r: to flood the land.' 

This year (1989) *& u . orial was unveiled in Mont- 
gomery _, Alabama ^ celebrating the events that led to the 
realization of his dream. The memorial quotes the verse 
from Amos and fittingly overflows with water from the 
center over the edges of a large 9 polished black rock. 

The unjust oppression of the blacks in past centuries 
is typical .of the bondage to sin men have experienced 
for past millenniums. How men have longed for freedom 
from the cruel clutches of evil. War, drunkenness y 
broken homes, murders, theft, and the miserable con- 
sequence of wickedness have plagued men who are power- 
less to deliver others from sin. 

But Joseph had a dream in which an angel said to him: 
"Joseph^ thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee 
Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is 
of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, 
and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save 
his people from their sins 11 (Matthew 1:20-21). 

What a dream I A child was to be born who has God as 
his") father. A man was to come into the world who was 
named by God. A person was promised who would save men 
from sin. 

And the dream was not an illusion. Jesus was born. 
He did live a sinless life. He did faithfully teach us 
the message of God. He did die to satisfy the judgment 
against sin: "The soul that sinneth it shall die," 


Today the Church of Jesus Christ Is as a rock memo- 
rial upon which true judgment runs down as waters and 
righteousness as a mighty stream. No longer is sin In 
control for the Christian. No longer Is the Christian 
a servant of sin, a slave to Satan, and a prisoner on 
death row to Hell. Joseph T s dream was the vision of 
a better future for man. It was the hope of a tomorrow 
without sin. To an extent, that dream has come true 
in the lives of Christians since they are victors over 
sin. Bat Christians still live in that struggle against 
sin since they dwell in a body of flesh in the midst of 
an evil society. The dream will be realised in the 
fullest sense in heaver, 

I would like to dream of the day when all men would 
accept Christ as their Saviour from sin and all men 
would live in peace. But Christ did not give us found- 
ation for that dream. "Strait is the gate, and narrow 
Is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be 
that find it." (Matthew 7:14) But that fact does not 
keep me from having a dream of yet many souls being 
saved from their sins. The waters of judgment and 
righteousness are yet flowing down as a mighty stream 
to all who in faith turn their back on sin and reach 
for Jesus Christ who said, "If any man thirst, let him 

come unto me, and drink. He that belleveth on me 

out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water „ n 
(John 7:37-38) All who will can be part of the ful- 
fillment of Joseph's dream* 

— Lester E. Showalter 

Greencastle, Pennsylvania 

And 'the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, 
I biuing you good tidings of great joy, which shall be 
to all people. For unto you is born this day in the 
city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 

—Luke 2:10,11 

JESUS means Saviour. 



A Meditation on Conscience -James Cover Sep 

Brethren in Christ -L.C. Sep 

Communion Meeting in Brazil -Violet Flora Apr/May 

Conformity to Christ -James Beery Feb 

Dear Parents -Linda Frick Dec 

Dressing for Worship -Wiley Adams Sep 

Ears j Eye s j and Obedience -Neil Martin Mar 

Get Your Summer Tune Up Now -Everett Oyler Apr/May 

God Will Work It Out -Violet Flora Jun 

Holy Spirit, Faithful Guide -L.C. Apr/May 

Is It Nothing to You? -John D. Sauder Jul/Aug 

Joseph r ad a Dream -Lester Showalter Dec 

Let God Load -L.C. Jan 

Matthew 18 -Violet Flora Sep 

Meditation on Psalm 103 -Jamas Cover Jun 
On Receiving the King -Tim Couch 

-Sel. by Kenneth Martin Dec 

Peacemakers -Elva Royer Nov 

Strait is the Gate -L.C. Jul/Aug 

Sunday Is no Day for Shopping -Judith Loback Sep 

Thanksgiving -L.C. Nov 
Thanksgiving-Unique to America -Morris Chalfant Nov 

The Bible: God's Miracle Book -Roger Johnson Apr/Nov 

The ."Dangers" of Bible Study -James Kite Mar 

The Earthquake -L.C. Oct 

The Future -Kenneth Martin Jan 

The Good Fight of Faith -L.G. Feb 

The Lord T s 'Garden -Linda Frick Oct 

Tidings of Joy -L.C. Dec 

Unity Versus Individualism -L.C. Mar 

Vanity Fair (continued) -C.H. Spurgeon Jan 

Vital Capacity -Ron Cable Jul/Aug 

Walking the Tightrope of Liberty -Ron Cable Feb 

Waste Versus Efficiency -L.C. Jun 



Awake , My Soul -Philip Doddridge . 
Father in Thy Myster ious Presence 

Fierce Raged the Tempest -Godfrey Thring 

Gentle Mary Laid- Her Child -Joseph Cook 

God ? s Unspeakable Gift -Mrs. Macey P. Sealey 

H.e Prayeth Well -Sel. by Bertie Baker 

Labor -Sarah Sprouse 

Lord, Help Me Live -C.B. Meigs 

Mother's Love -unknown 

My Shepherd Will Supply My Need -Isaac Watts 

Over and Over Again -Sel. By Bertie Baker 

Prayer -.Sel. by Susie Sell 

-Samuel Johnson Jun 
- Dec 



Seasons -Rhoda Sollenberger -SeL by Elma Moss Jul/Aug 

Thanksgiving Thoughts -Lottie Cripe Nov 

The Comforter Has Come -Haldor Lillenas Apr/May 
The Faith of a Little Child -David Lehigh 

-Sel. by Susie Coning Sep 

The Falling Leaves -Hymn 378 Oct 

The Resurrection -J.I. Cover Mar 

Through the Coming Year -Anonymous Jan 

Travelling On -Sel. by Susie Coning Jul/Aug 
Two Creators -Stanley Brubaker 

-Sel. by Ruth Flora Apr/May 

We Thank Thee, Lord -G. Cotton Nov 

Why Adversity? -James Beery Dec 

CHILDREN'S PAGE by Everett Oyler 

Footprints Jan 

Growing Older Feb 

Happy Childhood - Mar 

And Their Eyes Were Opened Apr/May 

Obeying God ! s Command Jun 

Protection from Lions Jul/Aug 

Created by Him then Bought by Him Sep 

His Protecting Hand Oct 

Light or Darkness Nov 

What is Christmas Dec 


MEDITATIONS by Ernest Wagner 

Temporal Things; Prosperity and Adversity; 

God is Love Jan 

Hope and Appetite; Examples Feb 

Peace; Signs of the End; Not My Will but Thine Mar 
Communicating; God, Is, Was, Always Will Be Apr/May 
It's Time to Speak; Longsuffering; Salvation Jun 
Converted; Obedience Jul/Aug 

Word of God; God's Purposes; God's Compassions 

Everlasting Life; Satan's Devices Sep 
Do It Oct 

Unity of Believers Nov 

Difficult Decisions; Burn:' ; the Chaff; Believing Dec 


Abundant Living -Rosanna Cover Jan 

Bible Treasure Hunt -Elva Royer Feb 

Living for Others -Joanna Coning Mar 
Depending on the Lord Jesus Christ 

-Eddie Wagner Apr/May 

Are We Trustworthy? -Miriam Beery Jun 
Study to Shew Thyself Approved Unto God -L.C, Jul/ Aug 
Jesus is Lord of All 

-Sel. by Everett and Nancy Cyler Sep 

Castle in Ghent, Belgium -Rosanna Cover Oct 

For the Purifying of the Hearts -David Wagner Nov 

Treasures -Martha Wagner Dec 


Irenaus Against Heresies- 

-Ante-Nicene Fathers Jan Mar Jun 

Morning Star of the Reformation -Roger Berry Sep 

The Lollards — The "Bible Men" -Roger Berry Oct 

How a Book Changed a Language -Roger Berry Dec 



Jesse Cover April 23 
Darin Crawier April 23 
Aaron Cable April 28 


Ben Cover & Jolene Huffman Mar 25 

Ted Flora & Janaina Martins Mar 25 

Kevin Martin & Ina Cover May 20 

Craig Bio cher & Linda Wagner Aug 5 


Crystal Rebekah Gulp Feb 13 

Monica Kristen Beery Apr 5 

Ethan David Royer Apr 6 

Janna Marion Walker Apr 29 

Courtney Renee Oberholzer Jun 9 

Leah Beth Royer Jun 19 

Harmony Grace Brubaker Jul 24 

Tyler Boone Cover Jul 25 

Abbie Elizabeth Bownan Aug 1 

Silas Levi Cable Sep 20 

Jordan Todd Royer Nov 8 

Japheth Michael Martin Nov 9 

Kayla Joy Bowser Nov 27 


Keith Barton Jan 6 

June Fountain Feb 1. 

Robert Sutton j U n 11 

Or a Skiles Jul 17 

Laurence Beery Sep 27 

Herbert Fountain Oct 5 

Willard. Miller Oct 12 


Dear Parents, 

What you are going to read here is nothing new. 
Yet ^ perhaps by having it brought "to your attention 
one more time, you will let the Holy Spirit use it to 
convict you. It is not easy to write this,, but if one 
parent can be encouraged to make It easier for one 
child to walk in the plain and simple ways of Jesus , 
it will be worth every effort. 

The subject of this letter is concering the clothes 
we put on our children, or that we allow our older 
children to wear. It also includes hair-dos and other 
adorning of their bodies. 

Surely we have all read articles on this subject 
mentioning that it is the parents 1 pride and love for 
the things of the world showing when their children 
ere showily adorned. I can think of no other reason 
for parents to dress their children in. these ways. 

The little children are innocent, but they will 
grow up learning to take pride in their looks and out- 
ward adorning of the body. This could very easily be 
a hindrance to them in their Christian life. Hear 
what a dear sister in the Lord told me about herself. 

' This sister was allowed to dress in any kind of 
clothes and fix her hair in any way as she grew up. 
She was an attractive (by worldly standards) teenager 
and young lady. She said she was used to men looking 
the second time when she entered a store , walked down 
the street ^etc. Now that she's accepted Christ as her 
Saviour and chosen to live for Him, she is still both- 
ered by feeling unattractive in the plain clothes. 
No longer do the men look twice at her I Satan surely 
knows how*. ."bo use our weaknesses to his advantage. (I 
personally think this sister is an attractive .sweet- 
looking plain person. But that all depends on our set 
of values. ) 

A thought from the recent CLE Workshop I attended 
also applies here. The parable of the sower and the 
seed was being used to portray the various learning 

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achievements of our students. The part about the seed 
falling among the thorns which choked it out soon 
(Mattew 22:7,22) was likened to the child who "hears" 
the lessons, but there is too much competition in his 
mind with other things he would rather think about , so 
his lessons get crowded out of mind. The proposed 
remedy was to remove or lessen the competition; get 
rid of the interferences, 

I think the Biblical meaning of this parable would 
show us the wisdom in doing all we can to lessen the 
competition in a child r s life by discouraging the love 
of fancy clothing and fixing-up of one's body. That, 
then, would be one less thing competing with the Holy 
Spirit in that person T s life. 

The point is, parents, do you WANT to put a stumb- 
ling block in your children 1 s way? Feeding their in- 
born pride can only make it harder for them to live 
the humble life, whose adornment is that of a meek 
and quiet spirit. Or, would it be better to crucify 
our own fleshly pride and dress our children in plain, 
serviceable ways while they're young and insist on 
the same as they start making some of their own deci- 
sions about clothes and hair, and thus help them to 
arrive at adulthood appreciating true inner beauty? 

I appreciate the stand most of our families have 
taken in dressing their children plainly. Let us look 
to ourselves that we continue to rear our precious 
children in a way of plainness because of those of the 
world who observe us (Psalm 27:11) as well as for the 
future good of our children. And, in the end, your 
children will rise up and call you blessed, as in 
Proverbs 31:28. 

1 — Linda Frick 

Gettysburg, Ohio 


BOWSER - A daughter, Kayla Joy, born November 27, 
to Allan and Rhoda Bowser of Collins, Mississippi. 



It is not fair to me, I say; 
These burdens that I bear today, 
While ethers on In ease do go, 
Nor seem to suffer grief and woe. 

Oh why, "my Lord, need this to be. 
Through . grief to reach the victory? 
May I not find an easier way 
To walk the road tc heaven today? 

And must I, Lord, give up my all 
That I may answer to Thy call? 
I want so much to have my way? 
Oh what a struggle in this clayi 

You say, you T ve walked this selfsame road, 
And carried many a heavy load? 
The way to show, that we must go, 
That In Thy likeness we may grow? 

The secret then, at last I know, 
God's Spirit-fruits must grow below. 
These Christian traits can only be 

Developed in adversity. 

If all I want revealed would be, 
T7 hat need for faith then would I see? 
How shall I show my patience, Lord, 
If Thou no trying hour afford? 

Help me, dear Lord, like Thee to be 
Until I taste the victory; 
Subdue my will, and keep me meek, 
And from the snares of Satan keep. 

God, give to me, not ease in life, 
But strength to triumph in the strife; 
And Jhen at last Thy face to see. 
And praise Thee through eternity. 

— James Beery 

Nappanee , Indiana 




Our hard human hearts need some cultivation to pre- 
pare us to receive the Word of God, Luke 8:13; "They 
on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive 
the Word with joy; and these have no root, which for 
a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away." 
Difficult decisions stir our hearts and fix in our mem- 
ories the events. So we should not faint at Satan ' s 
efforts to deceive us. The Lord reminded Paul that it 
was hard for Paul "to kick against the pricks ." Also 
Jesus told Peter, "Satan hatn desired to have you, 
that he may sift you as wheat." So if the Lord allowed 
Satan to try Peter, don r t we need any trials? 


When John the Baptist came, he told the people he 
baptized with water, but Jesus would come and baptize 
with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Jesus set the 
example for us in all things. And He asked James and 
John if they were able to be baptized with the baptism 
He would be baptized with. So if Jesus endured His 
baptism, why should we feel we don't need it? We are 
told if we are without chastisement, then we are bast- 
ards and not sons. So let us be willing to be cor- 


Children living in a Christian home, become conscious 
that their parents believe in an all-powerful God, who 
rules all things. They submit to reverses as being His 
will. Satan seeks to take advantage of this,- and causes 
hardships that men will blame on God. We hear much 
swearing and using God's name in cases where it is evi- 
dently a mishap by human mistake . I remember working 
for a man who said, when something went x^rong, he wished 
he could swear and blame someone besides himself, but 
swearing meant nothing to him, as he didn't believe 



In Luther r s day, the people of Germany spoke many 
different varieties or dialects of German. Each area 
of the country had its own ways of saying things. 
Luther, of course, could not write the Bible in every 
dialect spoken in Germany. 

Instead, Luther chose a widely-used dialect of Ger- 
man for his translation, When he discovered an idea 
or word in the Bible but had no word for the same thing 
in the dialect he was using, he found a word from some 
other dialect. 

People all over Germanjr began to read Luther *s trans- 
lation. In time, they began to use m ny of its xfords 
and ways of saying things. "Bible German' 1 became the 
standard language used by most Germans. 

The Luther Bible also helped keep the German lang- 
uage from changing as rapidly as it once had. More . 
and more books were written in the dialect Luther had 
used. People were very slow to change from the lang- 
uage they had become accustomed to in their Bibles. 

Luther 1 s translation is still used today by many 
German-speaking people. Most of its vjdMs are still used 
in modern German, At least one church group still 
uses the Luther. Bible in public worship. This group 
is the Old Order Amish Church in the United States and 
Canada. They faithfully use Luther's translation in 
their homes also. 

— by Roger Berry in God's World-His Story 

there was a God. To us who lived in homes where prayer 
was made several times a day, this seems almost unbe- 
lievable, but It is very common today. 

— Ernest Wagner 

Modesto, California 




Have you ever felt penned in? You wanted to do 
something^ and your parents or your conscience told 
you not to j but you did it anyway? 

That r s how Treasure felt I 

Treasure was a real live cottontail bunny that had 
been rescued from a cat and adopted .by a kind mother 
rabbit in a nice warm pen. He had everything ho needed. 
I saw to that! He had a loving mother; brothers and 
sisters ; friends and neighbors; all the food he could 
eat; plenty of water; and such kind and gentlo hands 
that stroked him every day. He liked those hands. Of 
course , at first; mother and those hands were all that 
really mattered. His eyes and ears were closed; so he 
could only smell and feel. Bat he grew rapidly and 
soon began to explore. The food was found to be quite 
good; and. the pen was warm and safe. 

But Treasure became discontented! He saw that the 
world was large outside the pen > even larger outside 
the building. He could see green grass and sunshine 
through the window, and it looked much better than this 
little pen. He knew that he should not get out. None 
of the others did I But he wanted to get out to that 
beautiful place. 

One day Treasure had had enough! He slipped through 
the tight squeeze of wires and was free! Or was he? 
He fell down onto the hard floor, and that hurt". He 
soon began to hop about; but he did not have fun. It 
was so wet and dirty here I He began to get wet; dirty ^ 
and cold. 

Then Treasure saw the window high on the wall. He 
could no longer see the grass; but the sunshine sure 
looked wanri; He wanted to get out of the building. 
He tried and tried to reach the window and that beauti- 
ful place, but it was far too high for him. 

That's where I found my Treasure — cold; sore, and 
very near death. I warmed him and put him in a warm, 


secure aquarium with i, hording pad, but uhcn he regained 
his strength-, he again wanted to get out to that lovely 
place of grass and sunshine. He would not eat or drink. 
He would only try to get out. Nothing else mattered 
to him anymore. My Treasure died trying to reach the 
beautiful place he had envisioned. 

We are God T s Treasures. He has given, us good homes 
and His Word to tell us what is right and what is wrong. 
But it seems we all get tempted to stray away! Child- 
ren run away from home; adults run away from God. We 
see something "beautiful 11 and try to get it, but it is 
actually a snare of the devil. The "joy 11 envisioned 
is not even reachaBle.l 

God usually gives us many chances to come fo&ok to 
Him. If we do, we -will be safe for eternity. &i% if 
we cannot give up our quest for the "joys" of the world, 
we will misei s ably die in our sins. I hope we will all 
be satisfied with our lot in life, and not die, like 
my Treasure, 

— Martha Jean Wagner 

^ ' . Bradford, Ohio 

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Dear Pilgrim Readers, 

As the year 1989 steadily draws to a close, we wish 
to thank you all for your prayers and faithful support. 
Many have contributed financially, some have written 
articles, and all have been kind and patient. Continue 
to pray for. this little project that God may be honored 
in it. 

Our daughter Sarah is our typist now since Ina is 
married and lives in Indiana. Our goal is to get The 
Pilg rim published earlier in the month as we know it 

takes time in the mail to reach the East. Thanks to 

all who have renewed. Most subscriptions expire in 

January, but check the date beside your address to be 

sure . 

May 1990 be a year of victory in Christ for all of 


— Leslie and Martha Cover 



Once I read about a little girl that had just 
learned to read. At Christmas she handed out the pre- 
sents. When she had handed out the last one, she 
looked puzzled. She carefully looked again to be sure 
none was missed. Her daddy noticed this and asked 
what she was looking for. She replied, "I thought this 
was Jesus 1 birthday. Did everyone forget Him, Daddy"? 

A few days ago we were traveling with one of my lit- 
tle friends. Every time she saw lights on a tree she 
said, "Pretty lights." They are pretty, but what do 
"pretty lights/ hnvj to do with Jesus 1 birthday? We 
should be thankful that our parents taught us the real 
meaning of Christmas. In all the hurry scurry at this 
time of year many forget why there is a Christmas. If 
Jesus would not have been born, we could not have any 
happy times. The little girl was looking for a pre- 
sent for Jesus - wrapped in paper . What Jesus wants from 
us Is to be good boys and girls, wrapped in love . 

The world says, "I will get you a gift if you get 
me one. u Jesus says it is better to give gifts to 
those that cannot give any back. It is nice to give 
gifts to your little friends, but be willing to share 
or give yours to those that have none. God gave us 
Baby Jesus, so we could always be happy. He also knew 

we could give very little in return. 


— Everett Oyler 


Sonora, Calif. 
19201' Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, Calif. 95379